Duodenal ulcers are one of the two forms of peptic ulcers, which are ulcers caused by stomach acid. Duodenal ulcers form in the upper small intestine often due a bacterial infection or by frequent use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The bacterium called H. Pylori disrupts the barrier between the lining of your upper small intenstine and the natural digestive acid made by your stomach, resulting in inflammation and ulcers. NSAIDs, such as Asprin and Ibprofin, also affect this barrier with similar results.
A common symptom of duodenal ulcers is pain when the stomach is empty or several hours after eating. People with duodenal ulcers are also often woken by this pain in the middle of the night and may notice improvement after eating.
How is a duodenal ulcer diagnosed?
Duodenal ulcers can be diagnosed using:
- lab tests
- CT scans
- upper GI endoscopy (a procedure that uses a lighted, flexible endoscope to see and perform procedures inside the upper GI tract)
How is a duodenal ulcer treated?
Duodenal ulcers can be treated using certain medications and antibiotics. To determine whether you have a peptic ulcer and how to go about treatment, schedule an appointment at Bhatti GI.
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