Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD)
Peptic ulcers are sores in lining of the stomach or upper part of the small intestine, the duodenum. Most peptic ulcers are caused by either long-term use of NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen) or an infection of the H. pylori bacteria. There is also a syndrome that causes rare cancerous and noncancerous tumors in the stomach.
Peptic ulcers can cause their own set of problems. Symptoms include bleeding, perforation of the stomach or small intestine, blockages that stop food from moving downward through the digestive tract, and a serious infection called peritonitis.
Symptoms include pain in the chest or upper abdomen that may feel dull and uncomfortable, indigestion, heartburn, nausea or vomiting, excessive amounts of gas. There is no way to overstate the importance of not allowing these symptoms to go on unchecked. Long term consequences can be quite serious and only proper testing can determine the cause of the symptoms, achieve an accurate diagnosis, and treat the condition. Diagnosing an ulcer is only half of the puzzle, because the cause must also be determined. For example, treatment for h. pylori is very important. Left untreated, the infection can lead to cancer or development of ulcers in the stomach and small intestine. Treatment is a combination of two antibiotics and a PPI.
Make an appointment with Dr. Islam to find out more information.