Peptic Ulcer Basics
Peptic ulcer disease occurs when painful sores develop in the lining of the stomach or intestines. 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.
To help you understand and manage your condition, the AGA Institute provides you with the following information, designed to give you some basic facts, to help you better understand your condition and to serve as a starting point for discussions with your doctor.
Peptic Ulcer Glossary
Antigen: A substance that stimulates the immune system.
Antibodies: Part of the immune system that fights disease.Bacteria: Germs that cause human disease.
Duodenum: First portion of the small intestine; connects the stomach to the small intestine.
Endoscopy: A procedure in which the doctor inserts a small flexible tube — an endoscope — through the mouth, down the esophagus, and into the stomach and duodenum. The doctor can look through the endoscope to determine the presence of disease.
Esophagus: A tube-like organ leading from the mouth to the stomach.
Gastritis: Inflammation of the stomach lining.Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori): The name of a bacterium that causes disease (gastritis and ulcers) in humans.
Inflammation: A response to tissue injury that can cause redness, swelling and pain.
NSAIDs: Non- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; pain medication that fights inflammation in tissues.
Peptic: A description relating to digestion in the upper-digestive system (stomach and small intestine).
Stomach: A sac-like organ that connects the esophagus to the small intestine. It receives swallowed food and secretes juices high in acid to break down food.
Ulcer: A sore or wound in the lining of the stomach or duodenum.
If you would like to see a gastroenterologist to find out more about Peptic Ulcer Disease, please visit Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches. It’s a full-service gastroenterology practice specializing in diseases of the digestive tract and liver, including Peptic Ulcer Disease. Our GI doctors utilize a wide range of digestive endoscopy techniques.
Formed in 2005, Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches has two convenient office locations in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, as well as hospital privileges at Good Samaritan, St. Mary’s and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Our gastroenterology center is fully certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
With over 80 years of combined experience, our GI doctors perform thousands of procedures each year. Our patients are in the hands of the most qualified and highly trained GI doctors. Our physicians are the foremost experts in Peptic Ulcer Disease, digestive wellness and gastrointestinal diseases.
Our center for gastroenterology is a doctor’s office, as well as an outpatient endoscopic facility, specializing in Peptic Ulcer Disease, colon cancer screening and gastroenterology Palm Beach. We take pride in providing high-quality healthcare services in a warm and welcoming environment, where guests feel comfortable and secure. The GI disease doctors Palm Beach, nurses and staff appreciate the confidence and trust that you have placed in us.
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