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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is gastroduodenal ulcer?

Ulcers are sores that can develop in the stomach and small intestines. In severe cases, the ulcers can be deep and cause bleeding within the gut wall. Common causes include the bacteria H. pylori, and painkillers such as Diclofenac, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Advil, Aleve (NSAIDs).

Symptoms of gastroduodenal ulcer

  • Black, shiny stool

  • Stomach pain or tummy ache in a specific place

  • Upper central abdominal pain

  • Upset tummy / upper abdominal discomfort

  • Feeling the need to pass motion even though nothing comes out

  • Abdominal guarding

  • Abdominal pain that worsens after meals

  • Burning or hunger sensation in the stomach

Questions your doctor may ask to check for gastroduodenal ulcer

  • Are your stools black and shiny like hair?

  • Is your stomach pain localized to one specific area?

  • Do you have stomach pain in the middle of your abdomen?

  • Do you have discomfort in the upper abdomen, like an upset tummy?

  • Do you frequently feel the need to have a bowel movement but can't?

Treatment for gastroduodenal ulcer

The doctor may prescribe drugs to reduce gastric acid levels, and/or antibiotics to kill the H. pylori bacteria, if present. In severe cases, a endoscope (flexible tube with a camera and light at the end) may be need to be inserted through the mouth to stop an ulcer from bleeding.

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  • Black or tarry stool

  • Heartburn

References

  • Bommelaer G, Stef A. Ulcère gastroduodénal: avant et après Helicobacter pylori [Gastroduodenal ulcer before and after Helicobacter pylori]. Gastroenterol Clin Biol. 2009 Aug-Sep;33(8-9):626-34. French. doi: 10.1016/j.gcb.2009.07.004. Epub 2009 Aug 13. PMID: 19682812.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0399832009002449?via%3Dihub

  • Sovtsov SA. [Management of perforative gastroduodenal ulcer]. Khirurgiia (Mosk). 2015;(11):41-45. Russian. doi: 10.17116/hirurgia20151141-45. PMID: 26978622.

    https://www.mediasphera.ru/issues/khirurgiya-zhurnal-im-n-i-pirogova/2015/11/downloads/ru/440023-12072015115

  • Mayo Clinic

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peptic-ulcer/symptoms-causes/syc-20354223

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Samantha Nazareth, MD

Samantha Nazareth, MD (Gastroenterology)

Board-certified gastroenterologist. Experience managing gastrointestinal conditions (GERD, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, NASH) within healthcare organizations (three ambulatory surgical centers, single-specialty practice, multi-specialty practice and solo practice).

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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