Peptic Ulcers (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
If you have burning pain in your upper stomach that is relieved by eating or taking antacids, call a health care professional for an appointment. Don't assume you have an ulcer. Certain other conditions can cause similar symptoms.
If you vomit blood or have other signs of gastrointestinal bleeding, go to an emergency department right away. Peptic ulcers can cause massive bleeding, which requires blood transfusion or surgery.
Severe abdominal pain suggests perforation or tearing of an ulcer. This is an emergency that may require surgery to fix a hole in your stomach.
Vomiting and abdominal pain also can be a sign of an obstruction, another complication of peptic ulcers. This also may require emergency surgery.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/13/2014
Michael W Stratemeier, MD
Lisa Vignogna, MD
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