Dr. William Stassen with Austin Gastro Discussing Ulcers
Dr. William Stassen, a gastroenterologist with Austin Gastro discusses Ulcers, what causes them, how they are diagnosed and treated. Stomach ulcers, which are also known as gastric ulcers, are painful sores in the stomach lining. Stomach ulcers are a type of peptic ulcer disease. Peptic ulcers are any ulcers that affect both the stomach and small intestines. Ulcers are commonly caused by the use long-term use of of asprin/NSAIDs, or by a bacterial infection called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Ulcers can be diagnosed by understanding the location, type, and duration of pain that is experience by the patient, and is also commonly diagnosed using upper endoscopy (EGD). Symptoms of ulcers are managed by the use of acid blockers and proton pump inhibitors.