Ulcers Gastric

Gastric Ulcer and Duodenal Ulcer

What is this Gastric Ulcer and Duodenal ulcer?

Ulcers can be in stomach or Duodenum that is small intestine. It is a break in continuity of lining of stomach or small intestine.

Why do we get Gastric ulcer or Duodenal ulcer?

Pain killers, Asprin,Clopidogrel blood thinners like warfarin,Steroids and H pylorie a bacteria inside stomach,Zollinger Ellisopn syndrome a tumor which secretes more gastric acid and forms ulcer.

What are the symptoms of Gastric or Duodenal ulcer?

Abdomen pain mainly above umbilicus and just below ribcage,Some times only like fullness,In extreme cases it can present like blood vomiting,Vomiting and in some cases it may burst and lead to emergency which needs surgery.

How to know we have gastric ulcer or duodenal ulcer?

If above symptoms are there Endoscopy is needed

Can Gastric ulcer can lead to cancer?

Gastric ulcers if large>2 cms and not responding to treatment and if you are smoker It can lead to cancer.

How do we treat gastric or Duodenal ulcer?

We give medicines like Pantoprazole/Esomeprazole/Rabeprazole for 4-6 weeks

If Hpylorie bacteria is there we treat it

What medicines are to be avoided in Ulcers?

Pain killers, Steroids.

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