ulcer, pepticmedical dictionary

A peptic ulcer is a hole in the lining of the stomach, duodenum, or oesophagus. A peptic ulcer of the stomach is called a gastric ulcer, an ulcer of the duodenum is a duodenal ulcer, and a peptic ulcer of the oesophagus is an oesophageal ulcer. A peptic ulcer occurs when the lining of these organs is corroded by the acidic digestive juices which are secreted by the stomach cells. Peptic ulcer disease is common, affecting millions of americans yearly. The medical cost of treating peptic ulcer and its complications runs in the billions of dollars annually in the u.s. Recent medical advances have increased our understanding of ulcer formation. Improved and expanded treatment options are now available.

(12 Dec 1998)