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What causes peptic ulcers?

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Ulcers form when digestive juices damage the walls of the stomach or small intestine. If the mucus layer gets too thin or your stomach makes too much acid, your gut will feel it.

From: Peptic Ulcers (Stomach Ulcers) WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 27, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 9/27/2017

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient education: Peptic ulcer disease (Beyond the Basics).”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

Medical University of South Carolina Digestive Disease Center: “Peptic Ulcers.”

Mayo Clinic: “Peptic Ulcer.”

CDC: “Helicobacter pylori.”

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

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 27, 2017

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient education: Peptic ulcer disease (Beyond the Basics).”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

Medical University of South Carolina Digestive Disease Center: “Peptic Ulcers.”

Mayo Clinic: “Peptic Ulcer.”

CDC: “Helicobacter pylori.”

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

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 27, 2017

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