ulcer, duodenalmedical dictionary

An ulcer (a hole in the lining) of the duodenum (the first portion of the small intestine). Ulcer formation is related to h. Pyloridus bacteria in the stomach, anti-inflammatory medications, and smoking cigarettes. Ulcer pain may not correlate with the presence or severity of ulceration. Diagnosis is made with barium X-ray or endoscopy. Complications of ulcers include bleeding and perforation. Treatment involves antibiotics to eradicate h. Pyloridus, eliminating risk factors, and preventing complications.

(12 Dec 1998)