Ulcer - peptic; Ulcer - duodenal; Ulcer - gastric; Duodenal ulcer; Gastric ulcer; Dyspepsia - ulcers
Small ulcers may not cause any symptoms. Some ulcers can cause serious bleeding.
Abdominal pain is a common symptom but it doesn't always occur. The pain can differ a lot from person to person.
Other possible symptoms include:
To diagnose an ulcer, your doctor will order one of the following tests:
Your doctor may also order these tests:
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