Peptic Ulcer refers to ulcers (break in mucosa or lining) caused by acid. It is a world wide problem and is caused by:
- Helicobacter infection: This is a bacteria that is transmitted by the feco-oral route and settles in the mucous layer of the stomach and can cause ulcers in the stomach and the duodenum (first part of the small intestine).
- Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory agents: Drugs like Motrin, Ibuprofen, Alieve and Aspirin can cause ulcers in any part of the GI Tract (stomach, duodenum, small bowel, colon).
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