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What are complications of peptic ulcers?

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A peptic ulcer is a sore on the inside of your stomach or at the top of your small intestine. It can cause repeated burning pain.

An ulcer can cause serious problems, like stomach bleeding, if it’s not treated. An untreated ulcer also can lead to a hole in your stomach, which may need to be fixed with surgery.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Peptic ulcers.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Peptic ulcers.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Peptic ulcer.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Peptic Ulcer Disease and H. pylori Infection.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 20, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Peptic ulcers.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Peptic ulcers.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Peptic ulcer.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Peptic Ulcer Disease and H. pylori Infection.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 20, 2017

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