Ulcers are sores that can develop on the lining of the esophagus, stomach, or small intestine and can cause pain, nausea, or bleeding.

What are Ulcers?

Peptic ulcer disease (ulcers) typically can occur in the stomach or duodenum.

Ulcer Symptoms

They may present with upper abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, anemia or bleeding from the intestines.

Ulcer Causes

Contrary to popular belief, stress is not the cause of most ulcers. The majority of ulcers come from use of aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen, or from a bacterial infection called Helicobacter Pylori. Patients on additional blood thinners are at higher risk for bleeding related to ulcers.

Ulcer Diagnosis and Treatment

Ulcers are best identified during an endoscopy, rarely x-ray tests are capable of finding them as well. They are treated with medications to block acid production to allow them to heal, as well as by addressing any risk factors that may have led to their development.

Please contact our Gastroenterology Specialists for diagnosis and treatment of ulcers.  To schedule a consultation, call 605.217.5500.