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Peptic ulcer

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Introduction
Stomach ulcers, also known as gastric ulcers, are open sores that develop on the lining of the stomach.
Symptoms of stomach ulcer
The most common symptom of a stomach ulcer is a burning or gnawing pain that develops in your abdomen (belly) which lasts from a few minutes to a few hours.
Causes of stomach ulcers
Stomach ulcers are usually caused in one of two ways - bacteria and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs type of painkillers.
Diagnosing a stomach ulcer
Your GP may suspect that you have an ulcer based on your symptoms. They may will treat you with an acid-suppressing medication or test for H. pylori and treat it.
Treating a stomach ulcer
Your treatment plan will be determined by whether your stomach ulcer is due to a H. pylori infection or the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Complications of stomach ulcer
If a stomach ulcer develops near the site of a blood vessel, it can damage the vessel and cause bleeding.