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peptic ulcer

A peptic ulcer is erosion in the lining of the stomach or duodenum, the first part of the small intestine.  The lining of the stomach and small intestines have protection against the irritating acids produced in the stomach, however, with a peptic ulcer the protective mechanisms become faulty, leading to a breakdown of the lining. This results in inflammation (gastritis ) or an ulcer.


Symptoms may include:



Causes may include:


  • infection of the stomach with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori)

Treatment may include:


  • medication

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