What is an Esophageal Ulcer?
An esophageal ulcer is a hole in the lining of the esophagus corroded by the acidic digestive juices secreted by the stomach cells.
An esophageal ulcer is usually located in the lower section of your esophagus. It is often associated with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Esophageal ulcers are not contagious. You cannot catch them from someone else.
*** Esophageal ulcers may be a symptom of another disease or condition. Esophageal ulcers are often common in GERD. Bleeding from esophageal ulcers may cause iron deficiency anemia.
What causes Esophageal Ulcers?
The direct cause of esophageal ulcers is the destruction of the lining of the esophagus H. pyloridus bacteria. H. pyloridus bacteria is usually found in the stomach.
Other common causes of esophageal ulcers are:
How are Esophageal Ulcers Diagnosed?
Your doctor can diagnose esophageal ulcers with a barium x-ray or endoscopy.
Complications of Esophageal Ulcers?
Common complications of esophageal ulcers include: bleeding and perforation of the esophagus.
Can Esophageal Ulcers be Treated?
Yes. Treatment of esophageal ulcers will depend on the underlying cause. Some common treatment are: antibiotics to eradicate H. pyloridus, anti-reflux medication, elimination of risk factors, and prevention of complications.
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