Duodenal Ulcer

Duodenal ulcers are one of the two forms of peptic ulcers. Duodenal ulcers are sores that form in the upper small intestine.

What are the symptoms of duodenal ulcers?

In nearly 75 percent of people who have duodenal ulcers, there are no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they can include:

  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Blood in your stool, or stool that appears black or tarry
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Feeling faint or losing consciousness
  • Vomiting, sometimes vomiting blood
  • Shortness of breath with activity
  • Fatigue

How are duodenal ulcers diagnosed?

  • Lab tests
  • CT scans
  • EGD
  • Upper GI endoscopy (a lighted, flexible endoscope examines the inside the upper GI tract)

How are acute duodenal ulcers treated?

Treatment for duodenal ulcers depends on the cause and the severity of symptoms. Options include:

  • Medications
  • Endoscopic therapy to stop bleeding during EGD
  • Surgery in cases when medication or endoscopic therapy does not work or if the ulcer causes a hole through the wall of your stomach or duodenum which is a medical emergency

If you have concerns about duodenal ulcers, request an appointment at San Bernardino Gastroenterology Associates.