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Ulcers of the Stomach and Small Intestine
An ulcer is essentially an open sore that is found on the mucous layer (inner lining) of the organs in the body. The mucous layer protects the organ or gland. Also known as a peptic ulcer, duodenal ulcers cause the deterioration of the lining of the stomach or duodenum. The duodenum is the first section of the small intestine. The symptoms and complications will depend on the size of the ulcer. Smaller ulcers generally do not cause problems; however, larger ulcers can cause bleeding. Ulcers are usually found on the first layer of this inner lining.

Causes of Stomach and Duodenum Ulcers

A number of factors can contribute to the development of ulcers:

  • Smoking
  • Excess caffeine
  • Stress
  • Acid and pepsin
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium)

 Stomach and Duodenum Ulcer Symptoms

If symptoms noted below persist, you should make an appointment to see your doctor.
  • Belching
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Significant weight loss
  • Fatigue

Houston Methodist offers the latest and most comprehensive treatment options to address your specific condition and type of stomach and duodenum ulcer.

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