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Peptic ulcer disease

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Contributors: Michael W. Winter MD, Christine Osborne MD, Desiree Rivera-Nieves MD, Khaled Bittar MD, Nishant H. Patel MD
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Synopsis

Peptic ulcer disease refers to the formation of ulcers in the gastric or duodenal mucosa. It is most commonly caused by excessive nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use or Helicobacter pylori infection. Both gastric and duodenal ulcers are characterized by a burning epigastric pain. Gastric ulcer pain typically worsens with food intake; pain from duodenal ulcers is often alleviated with food intake. Prolonged steroid use, excessive alcohol consumption, prolonged intubation, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome can predispose to ulcer formation as well.

The primary complications of peptic ulcers are acute bleeding with blood loss anemia and perforation due to ulcer erosion through the mucosal wall. These complications require either endoscopic or surgical intervention.

Codes

ICD10CM:
K27.9 – Peptic ulcer, site unspecified, unspecified as acute or chronic, without hemorrhage or perforation

SNOMEDCT:
13200003 – Peptic ulcer

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Last Reviewed: 09/26/2017
Last Updated: 09/26/2017
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Peptic ulcer disease : Nausea, Vomiting, Epigastric pain, Heme+ stool, Dyspepsia, RBC decreased
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