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Peptic Ulcer

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Signs and Symptoms

The most common symptom of peptic ulcer is dull or burning pain that:

  • Occurs in the abdomen anywhere between the breast bone and the navel
  • Comes and goes over a period of time
  • May occur a few hours after eating or during the night
  • May be temporarily relieved by food and/or antacids

Other signs and symptoms may include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Bloating
  • Nausea, vomiting

Symptoms that require immediate medical attention include sharp, sudden, persistent stomach pain, bloody or black (tarry) stools, or bloody vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

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