Perforated ulcer! In rare cases, severe ulcer may
eat a hole through the wall of stomach or intestine, making the lining split
open. This is called perforation, a very serious condition that can put you at
high risk of developing dangerous infection.
infection may also spread to the blood, causing sepsis and multiple organ
failures. And this can occur very quickly and could be very fatal if not
immediately treated (hospital admission is required)!
you have a sudden pain in the abdomen that gets steadily worse, seek immediate
Digestive tract obstruction! The ulcer may cause swelling
that becomes large enough to block the normal passage of food through the
include persistent abdominal bloating, repeated vomiting undigested food, unintentional
weight loss, and feeling fullness (even after eating smaller meal than usual).
bleeding and other complications of the disease are preventable. Even the
disease is curable as mentioned earlier – particularly true if the open sore
hasn’t become advanced.
is usually only used in case of when serious complications (e.g. acute heavily-bleeding,
obstruction, and perforation) have occurred! It is required far less often than
before since many effective non-surgical treatments are now available!
there is a chance for the disease to not heal after treatment. An ulcer that
fails to heal is also known as a ‘refractory ulcer’. This may occur with the
- If you don’t take the full course
of your antibiotics. It’s important to completely take your antibiotics (even
though when the symptoms have relieved) to make sure the infection is
- If you continue taking certain
pain medications (NSAIDs) that can worsen the problem or trigger the
- You don’t stop smoking (if you’re
a smoker) or practice other bad behaviors that inhibit your healing process.