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There are two different types of
peptic ulcers. They are:
Both types of peptic ulcers are most commonly caused either by
infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria or by frequent use of
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
The symptoms of gastric ulcers and duodenal ulcers are similar,
except for when pain occurs.
Symptoms alone cannot be used to distinguish a gastric ulcer from a
duodenal ulcer. Tests such as an
endoscopy or an
upper gastrointestinal (UGI) series may need to be
used to find out the location of an ulcer.
Gastric ulcers often heal more slowly than duodenal ulcers. A gastric
ulcer that does not respond to treatment could be cancer. Your doctor will most
likely recommend a
biopsy of a gastric ulcer before beginning treatment.
The biopsy will make sure there is no cancer hiding in the ulcer.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
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