Ulcers – Frankfort Regional Medical Center

Ulcers – Frankfort Regional Medical Center


John Shekleton, MD Causes, symptoms, and
detection method for ulcers – In addition to doing colonoscopies, we also do upper scopes,
and that’s probably about 25% of the cases
that we do these days. And we’re looking for signs of bleeding, we’re looking for ulcers, we’re looking for acid reflux. And those are three important illnesses. Ulcerative disease can be caused by arthritis pills or
nonsteroidals or aspirin. Ulcers can also be caused by
a bacteria called H. pylori. And so if there’s any question as to whether a patient has
inflammation of the stomach, we oftentimes will take biopsies to check for H. Pylori. H. pylori is an important
factor in ulcerative disease. And the reason for that is that if you eradicate the H. pylori,
you diminish the patient’s likelihood of recurring ulcers probably from 100% at two years down to no more than about 5%, so H. pylori is a very
important factor for ulcers. Want more information?
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