Diagnosis of Peptic Ulcers
The doctor will ask about symptoms and past health. A physical exam will be done. The doctor may suspect an ulcer based on the symptoms.
Peptic ulcer disease is confirmed through endoscopy. This is done using a small tube with a light and camera to view the area. It is passed through the throat and into the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.
Breath, blood, and stool tests may also be done to look for signs of H. pylori. This bacteria is a common cause of peptic ulcers.
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- Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
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