What is a duodenal ulcer?

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A duodenal ulcer is a kind of peptic ulcer in which a sore is formed in the duodenum, or the first part of the small intestine. A common problem, duodenal ulcers are usually caused by bacteria, although doctors in the past considered them the result of spicy foods and stress. Unless they are caused by rare forms of cancer, duodenal ulcers respond well to treatment.

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Ulcers are caused by too much acid in the stomach, and the reasons for excess acid is usually a bacterial infection or prolonged use of NSAID painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Smoking can also be a culprit. Ulcers ...

cause pain, most often when the stomach is empty or at night. The pain can in the chest, as low as the navel, or as high as the breastbone. Modern treatment is with medicine to kill bacterial infection and to block, suppress, or neutralize excess acid.
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