Alternate Names : Ulcer - peptic, Ulcer - duodenal, Ulcer - gastric, Duodenal ulcer, Gastric ulcer, Dyspepsia - ulcers
Symptoms & Signs
Small ulcers may not cause any symptoms. Some ulcers can cause serious bleeding.
Abdominal pain is a common symptom but it doesn't always occur. The pain can differ a lot from person to person.
- Feeling of fullness -- unable to drink as much fluid
- Hunger and an empty feeling in the stomach, often 1 - 3 hours after a meal
- Mild nausea (vomiting may relieve symptom)
- Pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen
- Upper abdominal pain that wakes you up at night
Other possible symptoms include:
Diagnosis & Tests
To diagnose an ulcer, your doctor will order one of the following tests:
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a special test performed by a gastroenterologist in which a thin tube with a camera on the end is inserted through your mouth into the GI tract to see your stomach and small intestine. During an EGD, the doctor may take a biopsy from the wall of your stomach to test for H. pylori.
- Upper GI is a series of x-rays taken after you drink a thick substance called barium.
Your doctor may also order these tests: