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Gastric/duodenal ulcers


Ulcers commonly occur in the stomach and duodenum (upper portion of the small intestine). The symptoms arising from ulcers in these locations are varied. Some patients have upper abdominal pain/discomfort/bloating while others have no abdominal symptoms. Gastric and duodenal ulcers are associated with the presence of Helicobacter pylori and the use of certain ‘painkillers’ such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Gastric and duodenal ulcers can be detected via oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy. Gastric and duodenal ulcers may bleed, leading to symptoms such as vomiting of blood, or the passage of black stools (altered blood). Such episodes may be life-threatening. Bleeding gastric and duodenal ulcers can be treated by endoscopic haemostasis.



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