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Peptic ulcers

Speciality Classification
Pharmacists
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
45 minutes
Provider
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Peptic ulcers explained

Australian Pharmacist - June 2020

A peptic ulcer is an open sore that develops in the gastrointestinal mucosa. They range in size from several millimetres to centimetres. Depending on the location, there are three types of peptic ulcers; gastric ulcers (develop in the stomach), duodenal ulcers (develop in the first few centimetres of the proximal duodenum) and oesophageal ulcers.2 Peptic ulcers differ from gastrointestinal erosions, as they are deeper and extend below the level of the muscularis mucosa. The two leading causes of peptic ulcer are Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori) infection and nonsteroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Although common, prevention, early diagnosis and treatment are key, if left untreated, peptic ulcers can lead to severe complications, such as perforation and bleeding, and may become life-threatening.3 Pharmacists should be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of peptic ulcer, modifiable risk factors (including medicines that cause ulcers), promote eradication treatment adherence and refer patients when appropriate.

Learning Objectives

After reading this article, the pharmacist should be able to:

  • Describe the symptoms of and management options for peptic ulcers
  • Discuss the complications of peptic ulcers
  • Explain how pharmacists can translate knowledge into practice when managing patients with peptic ulcers.

CPD Credits

Accreditation Code: CAP2106CDMMB

Group 1:  0.75

Group 2:  1.50

Accredited CPD logo

This activity has been accredited for 0.75 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 0.75 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 0.75 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 1.5 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

Delivery
Title
Peptic ulcers
Speciality Classification
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
45 minutes
CPD Points
Group 1 CPD (or 0.75 CPD credits), Group 2 CPD (or 1.5 CPD credits)
Price
Free
Price Details
Exclusive to Members
Location
Online
Price:
Free
Exclusive to Members
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