Peptic Ulcer Disease

Peptic ulcers are sores in the inner lining of the stomach or upper small intestine (duodenum). These sores develop when the stomach's digestive juices—which contain hydrochloric acid and an enzyme called pepsin—irritate and damage tissue.

Peptic ulcers are common: One in 10 Americans develops an ulcer at some time in his or her life. Peptic ulcers that form in the lining of the stomach are called gastric ulcers. Those that form in the upper small intestine are called duodenal ulcers. The stomach's digestive juices also can injure the esophagus.
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Peptic Ulcer Disease
tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Complete Blood Count

Fecal Occult Blood Test
Helicobacter pylori Tests
Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Upper Gastrointestinal Series

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z .

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If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

American College of Gastroenterology

CDC—Helicobacter pylori and Peptic Ulcer Disease

MEDLINEplus—Peptic Ulcer

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

REDUCE—Risk Education to Decrease Ulcer Complications and their Effects from NSAIDs


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INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL

Dolor en el abdomen (barriga) - [Abdominal Pain]

Acidez - [Heartburn]

Úlceras - [Ulcers]

Last modified on: 30 June 2015

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