Peptic Ulcer Disease

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

About 15 million people in the United States have peptic ulcer disease. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this condition and what can be done to treat it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Peptic ulcers are small sores that form in the lining of the esophagus, stomach or duodenum, the first part of the small intestine.

Symptoms of peptic ulcers include upper abdominal pain. The pain may get better after you eat. If you vomit blood or material that looks like coffee grounds, pass blood in your stool, have black or tarry stools or have severe abdominal pain, you should seek medical attention immediately. These may be signs of a serious complication of peptic ulcer disease or another medical emergency.

Smoking, alcohol use and using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin can make peptic ulcer disease worse.

Treatment may include:

Antibiotics to treat Helicobacter pylori infection, along with medications to decrease stomach acid.

You may be told to stop smoking and limit alcohol use.

Discuss with your doctor whether to continue NSAID or aspirin use. If bleeding has occurred, discuss whether to continue use of antiplatelet agents or anticoagulants

Surgical or radiological procedures may rarely be required in severe cases.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.