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Peptic Ulcers (cont.)

What kind of doctor treats peptic ulcers?

If you suspect you may have a peptic ulcer, you may first be diagnosed by your family practitioner or internist. Children or teenagers may see a pediatrician. For further treatment you will likely be referred to a gastroenterologist, a specialist in disorders of the digestive tract. If you have an emergency such as vomiting or severe abdominal pain you will be seen by an emergency medicine specialist in an emergency room. In the rare case where surgery is needed, you may see a general surgeon.

When should I seek medical care if I think I have a peptic ulcer?

  • 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 11/24/2015

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