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How are symptoms different between gastritis and gastric/peptic ulcer?

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Dr. Tara Pernot
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In brief: They can overlap.

Some symptoms of gastritis and gastric ulcer can be the same - abdominal pain and discomfort.
Some times an ulcer can cause more severe pain and if it is causing bleeding people will have black bowel movements or "melena " as a result. Sometimes an evaluation by a physician with lab work and possibly EGD (scope to look in stomach to visualize esophagus and stomach lining) is the only way to tell

In brief: They can overlap.

Some symptoms of gastritis and gastric ulcer can be the same - abdominal pain and discomfort.
Some times an ulcer can cause more severe pain and if it is causing bleeding people will have black bowel movements or "melena " as a result. Sometimes an evaluation by a physician with lab work and possibly EGD (scope to look in stomach to visualize esophagus and stomach lining) is the only way to tell
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