Peptic Ulcer Disease

Peptic ulcer disease occurs when painful sores develop in the lining of the stomach or intestines (often the duodenum). Peptic ulcers cause abdominal pain and sometimes bleeding. Helicobacter pylori infection is the most common cause of ulcers. Frequent or long-term use of common pain medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may also lead to stomach ulcers. Ulcers are often successfully treated with antibiotics and acid-blocking medicines.

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