Stomach ulcers, often referred to as 'peptic ulcers', occur when the protective lining of the stomach mucus is worn and exposes the sensitive stomach wall to acid. The result is a very painful sensation in the stomach. Patients may vomit blood or pass very dark stool that seems like tar, an idication that blood has passed through the intestinal track. Other patients may develop anemia from blood loss, and the ulcer is diagnosed after an upper endoscopy, wherein a gastroenterologist places a small catheter with a tiny camera on its end through the patient's mouth and esophagus to look at the inside of the stomach.
Ulcers are caused by many things, frequently it is the use of aspirin that thins the lining and results in an ulcer. Your doctor can advise you on the safest way to take aspirin ro reduce the risk of developing a stomach ulcer. Sometimes an acid blocking PPI medicine may relieve the problem and allow the lining to heal. If an endoscopy is required, the physician may be able to use an electric probe to stop an actively bleeding vessel, though medication will usually be used in collaboration to treat the ulcer(s).
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