Peptic Ulcer Disease (cont.)
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The two most common causes of peptic ulcers are:
A rare cause of peptic ulcers is Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. In this condition, the stomach makes too much acid, damaging the stomach lining.
Although there is no evidence to prove that emotional or mental stress causes ulcers, it does seem to make ulcers worse in some people. But the connection is still controversial.
Common ulcer symptoms include:
Less common but more serious symptoms of ulcers include:
Symptoms of ulcers in the upper small intestine (duodenal ulcers) and in the stomach (gastric ulcers) are similar, except for when pain occurs.
Some ulcers don't cause symptoms. These are known as silent ulcers. Silent ulcers are more common in:
In children, symptoms vary with age:
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