Duodenal ulcers commonly develop as the result of bacterial buildup in the stomach, or as the result of medication overuse. These ulcers can be quite painful, but thankfully they can be treated with conservative methods. This article focuses on duodenal ulcers. We are going to talk about the symptoms of duodenal ulcers and also the treatment options available.
What is a Duodenal Ulcer?
A duodenal ulcer is an ulcer caused by stomach acid. It is one of the two types of peptic ulcers. These ulcers are often caused by bacterial infection or due to overuse of NSAIDs.
Here are some of the symptoms that may indicate a duodenal ulcer:
- Pain when the stomach is empty
- Pain that improves when eating
- Acid reflux
Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Diagnosing duodenal ulcers is almost as important as the treatment itself. You need to know the precise nature of what’s causing your symptoms before you can proceed with treatment. A gastrointestinal doctor will be able to diagnose your ulcer using a combination of the following diagnostic tests: EGD, CT scans, upper endoscopy, and potentially other tests. Duodenal ulcers are typically best treated with medications and antibiotics. Your physician will be able to recommend the best treatment options for your unique situation.
Gastro Doctor in Edina, MN
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a duodenal ulcer, contact a gastroenterologist today for diagnosis and treatment. As a practicing physician with more than twenty years of experience and over 40,000 advanced procedures under his belt, Dr. Ahsan Bhatti has the skills and experience needed to address your gastrointestinal issue. Dr. Bhatti is also one of the only GI doctors in Minnesota who specializes in diseases of the liver. Reach out to us today at our Edina or Chaska clinics to set up your appointment with our team!