Causes of duodenal ulcers may include:
- Duodenal ulcers are caused by the action of acid and pepsin on the duodenal lining (mucosa).
- Duodenal ulcers are usually associated with an increased output of stomach acid.
- The antrum of the stomach (i.e. the lower part of the stomach - which leads to the duodenum) is almost always infected with helicobacter pylori.
Symptoms & Effects of duodenal ulcers may include:
- Pain in the upper abdomen (especially when the stomach is empty).
- Complications may include bleeding, perforation, and obstruction due to scarring.
Medical Tests and Treatments for duodenal ulcers may involve use of drugs to relieve the symptoms.
Surgery for duodenal ulcers is much less common than in the past.
More about the Digestive System:
This section includes pages about:
- Introduction to the Digestive System
- Terminology about Digestion
- Passage through the alimentary tract
- Component Parts of the Digestive System, incl. Teeth, Stomach, Liver, Small Intestine, Large Intestine
- Chemical Processes in the Digestive System (introductory level)
- Diseases and Disorders of the Digestive System
For further information see also our pages of books about gastroenterology.
- The digestive system (introduction)
- Digestive System Terminology
- Main Stages of the Digestive Process
- Transit through the Alimentary Canal
- Absorption Sites
- Structures of the mouth
- Teeth - as part of the digestive system
- Small Intestine
- Large Intestine
- Digestive System Diseases & Disorders