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Peptic Ulcers: Types, Symptoms and Treatment

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Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
4 minutes
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Ausmed

What is a Peptic Ulcer?

A peptic ulcer occurs in the lining of the stomach or on the upper section of the small intestine(duodenum). They are defined as:

  • Gastric ulcers: ulcers that occur on the inside of the stomach;
  • Duodenal ulcers: ulcers that occur on the inside of the small intestine.

(Mayo Clinic 2019; American College of Gastroenterology n.d.)

Normally, the lining of the stomach and intestines has defences against acid produced by the stomach. When something interferes with those defences the acid may cause damage. A peptic ulcer is a product of this damage; it is an open and inflamed sore.

While ulcers are common and treatable, it’s crucial that they are diagnosed early to avoid severe complications (MSD Manual 2019; Mayo Clinic 2019).

Ulcers vary in size, ranging from millimetres to centimetres. Peptic ulcers can be differentiated from erosions by the depth of penetration. Erosions are typically more superficial (Vakil 2018).

If left untreated, serious complications may occur.

Causes of Peptic Ulcer

  • Helicobacter pylori bacterium (H.pylori);
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
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Peptic Ulcers: Types, Symptoms and Treatment
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Duration
4 minutes
Start Date
18-Nov-2019
End Date
18-Nov-2022
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Price
Free
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