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Anil K. Singh, MD, GI Specialist

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Peptic ulcers are the most common cause of abdominal pain. H. pylori, a bacterium, is the most common cause of peptic ulcers. Other causes include aspirin, motrin or similar pain medications. Contrary to common belief, stress does not cause peptic ulcer. Cancers of the stomach occasionally also cause ulcers.



Ulcers are diagnosed by an X-ray called upper GI series or endoscopy. The endoscopy is more accurate and allows for biopsy. A blood test is also available for H. pylori.



Treatment of ulcers include acid blockers and avoiding Aspirin and non-steroidal pain medication like Advil, Motrin and Aleve. Surgery is sometimes needed if medications are not effective.