Increasingly peptic ulcer is caused by taking pain killers such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Previously the most common cause was infection with Helicobacter pylori. Ulcers due to painkillers can be virtually asymptomatic and can present for the first time with bleeding.

Diagnosis is by endoscopy. It is important that if gastric ulcers are discovered that their healing is checked by further endoscopy. A small proportion of them are cancerous. Other complications of ulcers include scarring of the exit of the stomach which can lead to vomiting and perforation.

Peptic Ulcer Treatment & Diagnosis in London

Ulcers are effectively treated with proton pump inhibitors or Helicobacter pylori eradication if associated with infection. Bleeding ulcers can mainly be dealt with by endoscopy. Surgery is rarely performed nowadays.

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