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Peptic Ulcer Disease - stomach ulcer, duodenal ulcers used to refer to all types of peptic ulcers.
A peptic ulcer is an erosion in a segment of the Gastrointestinal (GI) muscularis mucosae, typically in the stomach (gastric ulcer) or the first few centimeters of the duodenum (duodenal ulcer).
There are two main causes of stomach ulcers:
Symptoms typically include burning epigastric pain that is often relieved by food. Diagnosis is by endoscopy and testing for H. pylori. Treatment involves acid suppression, eradication of H. pylori (if present), and avoidance of NSAIDs.