How are refractory ulcers diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Diagnosis of a refractory ulcer will occur after you've already been diagnosed for a peptic ulcer. When your ulcer fails to respond to treatment, it can be classified as refractory. However, when a refractory ulcer occurs, doctors will generally enter a new phase in the diagnosis where they attempt to rule out other diseases. For instance, people who are over 45 and who have refractory ulcers are generally tested for stomach cancer. Doctors will also test for Zollinger-Ellison syndrome when patients have multiple refractory ulcers in abnormal locations.

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