Characteristics of stomach ulcers
Stomach ulcers or gastric ulcers are lesions of the mucous membranes lining the stomach.
They mostly affect people over 50 years, with a proportion higher in men than in women. It is a chronic disease that comes and goes in different periods.
Symptoms of stomach ulcer
Sometimes another complications, such as bleeding, can appear.
Causes of stomach ulcers
The main causes that produce stomach ulcers are:
Diagnosis and treatment of ulcers
Suspecting a stomach ulcer that does not improve in two or three days of care, the first thing to do is a visit to the specialist so that, through various processes (physical examination, endoscopy, radiography, blood tests, etc.) can make the proper diagnosis.
Because of the possible existence of a cancerous ulcer, or to avoid possible complications such as stomach perforation or penetration into the liver or pancreas, it is recommended the need for this consultation as soon as possible. This recommendation is strictly necessary if clear symptoms, such as vomiting, bloody or dark stools.
Properly medicated ulcers can be cured soon. Antibiotics can be used to treat ulcers caused by bacterium Helicobacter pylori. However, some complications can occur that may require the use of surgery (Perforations, obstructions, bleeding, etc).
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