H number H01634
Name Peptic ulcer
Description Peptic ulcer is a common disorder of gastrointestinal system characterized by mucosal damage secondary to pepsin and gastric acid secretion. It usually occurs in the stomach and proximal duodenum. Typical symptoms include episodic burning epigastric pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Pain usually occurs two to five hours after meals or on an empty stomach. The most common causes of peptic ulcer are Helicobacter pylori infection and use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Smoking increases the risk of ulcer recurrence and slows healing. Most patients are treated successfully with eradication of H. pylori and/or avoidance of NSAIDs, along with the appropriate use of antisecretory therapy. About 25 percent of patients with peptic ulcer have a serious complication such as hemorrhage, perforation, or gastric outlet obstruction. Administration of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and endoscopic therapy control most bleeds.
Category Digestive system disease