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Can people be treated for peptic ulcers without having an endoscopy?

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Dr. Scott Lippe
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Ulcers without scope

Absolutely. If a person is young and the symptoms are not alarming, ie.
No bleeding, a patient can be treated with strong antacid medication called ppi such as prevacid (lansoprazole). If they improve the only thing needed would be a blood test for h pylori to prevent a recurrence. Older people, such as over 50 or asians over 40, need endoscopy because of the prevalence of stomach cancer.

In brief: Ulcers without scope

Absolutely. If a person is young and the symptoms are not alarming, ie.
No bleeding, a patient can be treated with strong antacid medication called ppi such as prevacid (lansoprazole). If they improve the only thing needed would be a blood test for h pylori to prevent a recurrence. Older people, such as over 50 or asians over 40, need endoscopy because of the prevalence of stomach cancer.
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