Causes of gastric ulcers may include:
- The action of acid, pepsin, and bile on the lining of the stomach (mucosa). However, the output of stomach acid is not usually increased.
- Taking NSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) or corticosteroids may be pre-disposing factors.
- helicobacter pylori is often present.
Symptoms & Effects of gastric ulcers may include:
- Symptoms may include vomiting and pain in the upper abdomen soon after eating.
- Complications may include bleeding, perforation and obstruction due to scarring.
Medical Tests and Treatments for gastric ulcers may involve:
- Examination using a gastroscope to confirm the diagnosis of a gastric ulcer, as opposed to other conditions such as stomach cancer (see also news about stomach cancer).
- Use of antacids to relieve symptoms and/or
- Anti-secretory drugs to heal the ulcer(s).
- Surgery may be recommended if the ulcer fails to heal following initial treatment.
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