Peptic Ulcers Overview
In the digestive system, an ulcer is an area where tissue has been destroyed by gastric juices and stomach acid. Peptic ulcer disease is a general term for ulcers that occur in the stomach or duodenum (upper part of the small intestine).
Peptic ulcers are a very common condition in the United States and throughout the world.
Ulcers can occur at any age, although they are rare in children and teenagers.
The good news is that we have learned a lot about ulcers in the past 20 years and effective therapies are now available.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/13/2014
Michael W Stratemeier, MD
Lisa Vignogna, MD
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