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Information on this topic is also available as a printable PDF:
Peptic Ulcer Disease and H. pylori (PDF, 465 KB)
Spanish Version (PDF, 276 KB)
Peptic Ulcer Disease and NSAIDs (PDF, 460 KB)
What I need to know about Peptic Ulcer Disease (PDF, 612 KB)
A peptic ulcer is a sore on the lining of your stomach or duodenum. People who take NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen long-term or are infected with the bacteria H. pylori are most likely to develop peptic ulcers.
A dull or burning pain in the stomach is the most common symptom of peptic ulcers. Causes include long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), an infection with H.pylori, or both. Rarely, tumors cause peptic ulcers.
Ulcers have different symptoms and causes, but only endoscopy or an x-ray can determine if you have one.
Different foods do not cause or prevent peptic ulcers, but drinking alcohol does make ulcers worse.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conduct and support basic and clinical research into many digestive disorders.
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The digestive system is made up of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract-also called the digestive tract-and the liver, pancreas, and the gallbladder. The GI tract is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus.