4 most common problems associated with peptic ulcers

Peptic ulcers (PUD)
Complications of Peptic ulcers

Peptic ulcers can be cured with a holistic approach without complications. However, in some cases, peptic ulcers can develop potentially life-threatening complications. This articles provides you with a list of them.

Complications associated with peptic ulcers


Bleeding is the most common complication of peptic ulcers even when they are not painful . Vomiting bright red blood or reddish brown with partially digested blood that looks like coffee grounds and passing black tarry stools or obviously bloody stools can be symptoms of a bleeding ulcer. Blood loss may also cause weakness, a decrease in blood pressure when a person stands up, sweating, thirst, and fainting. However, small amounts of blood in the stool may not be noticeable but, if persistent, can still lead to anaemia.


An ulcer can go through the muscular wall of the stomach or duodenum and continue into an adjacent organ, such as the liver or pancreas. This penetration causes intense, piercing, persistent pain, which may be felt in another area of the body other than the area involved. For example, the back may hurt when a duodenal ulcer penetrates the pancreas. The pain may intensify when the person changes position.


Peptic Ulcers on the front surface of the duodenum, or less commonly the stomach, can go through the wall, creating an opening to the free space in the abdominal cavity. The resulting pain is sudden, intense, and steady. The pain rapidly spreads throughout the abdomen. The person may feel pain in one or both shoulders. Breathing deeply and changing position worsen the pain, so the person often tries to lie very still. The abdomen is tender when touched, and the tenderness worsens if  pressed deeply and then suddenly releases the pressure.


Swelling of inflamed tissues around an ulcer or scarring from previous ulcer flare-ups can narrow the outlet from the stomach or narrow the duodenum. A person with this type of obstruction may vomit repeatedly often regurgitating large volumes of food eaten hours earlier. A feeling of being unusually full after eating, bloating, and a lack of appetite are symptoms of obstruction. Over time, vomiting can cause weight loss, dehydration, and an imbalance in body chemicals.

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