Peptic Ulcer Disease

Peptic ulcers are painful sores, or ulcers, in the lining of the stomach or the duodenum (upper part of the small intestine).

An ulcer forms when there is an imbalance between digestive fluids in the stomach and duodenum. Most ulcers are caused by an infection with a type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), but they may also be caused by long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

What are the symptoms of a peptic ulcer?

  • A burning pain in the middle or upper stomach between meals or at night
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dark or black stool (due to bleeding)
  • Vomiting blood (may resemble coffee grounds)
  • Weight loss
  • Severe pain in the mid to upper abdomen

How is a peptic ulcer diagnosed?

To diagnose a peptic ulcer, your doctor will refer to your medical history and perform one or a combination of examinations:

  • A physical exam
  • blood tests
  • CT scans
  • EGD

How is a peptic ulcer treated?

Peptic ulcers may be treated using a combination of medication.

Schedule an appointment at San Bernardino Gastroenterology Associates if you are experiencing an of the peptic ulcer symptoms listed above.