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Ulcer (Gastric Ulcer)

An ulcer is an open sore in the stomach (gastric ulcer) or small intestine (duodenal ulcer). Ulcers are caused by digestive enzymes and stomach acids that eat away at the lining of the stomach.

It was once thought that abnormally strong stomach acids and stress were the main cause of ulcers, but it is now known that a bacterial infection (Helicobacter pylori) is the root cause of most ulcers. The infection weakens the protective mucus of the stomach and small intestine allowing the digestive juices to eat away at the lining of these organs. The mucus layer can also be damaged by alcohol, aspirin, arthritis medications, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and other medications.

  • Diagnosis: A person who suffers from an ulcer will often experience a burning pain in their stomach or abdominal area after eating. Antacids may give temporary relief, but you should see your Bux-Mont physician for a diagnosis. This is especially important if the pain persists or you have black stools (which may indicate a bleeding ulcer). Endoscopy and barium x-rays are the procedures that we use to check for ulcers.
  • Treatment: When an ulcer is discovered, your Bux-Mont physician will review your medications to see if these are causing the problem. Your physician may also test to see if you have a Helicobacter pylori infection. In most cases a change of medication or antibiotic treatment is all that is needed to restore the mucus lining and heal ulcers.