Stomach Ulcer

What Is an ulcer?

A sore that develops on the lining of the esophagus, stomach, or small intestine
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How do you get a stomach ulcer?

  • an infection with the bacterium
  • long-term use in excess of the recommended dosage of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome—a rare disease that makes the body produce excess stomach acid
  • smoking
  • frequent use of steroids (such as those for treating asthma)
  • hypercalcemia (overproduction of calcium)
  • family history of stomach ulcers
  • being over 50 years old
  • excessive consumption of alcohol

How common are stomach ulcers?

Affects about 4.6 million people annually
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More frequent among men or women?

Approximately 11%-14% of men and 8%-11% of women develop ulcers. It is more common in men.

Is it more common in one ethnicity?

No, it is equal with everyone.


Medications are usually used to treat mild-to-moderate ulcers. If the cause is bacterial, antibiotics can help cure the ulcer. For recurrent, severe cases that do not respond to medication, surgery may be necessary.


Most people with peptic ulcers get better when treated with the appropriate medicine. So over all a good prognosis!

How are ulcers diagnosed?

You will be instructed to drink a thick white liquid (barium) that makes the stomach and small intestine show up on X-rays. A radiologist will then read the X-rays to see if you have an ulcer, scar tissue, or a blockage that is preventing food from passing thru the digestive system normally

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