Updated: August 17, 2020
Complications of stomach ulcers can be very serious and if left untreated can be life threatening. These can be
Penetration can occurs when the ulcer goes through the wall of the digestive tract and into another organ, such as the pancreas.
Perforation occurs when the ulcer creates a hole in the wall of the digestive tract.
Bleeding from the ulcer can be life threatening.
Blockage in the digestive tract due to swelling of inflamed tissues .
If you have any of these symptoms, be sure to call you doctor right away.
Based on your symptoms and the severity of the ulcer, diagnosis can be done by many test. Your doctor will review your medical history along with your symptoms and any prescription or over the counter medications you are taking to diagnose stomach ulcer.
If your symptoms are caused by an H. pylori infection, the following tests are recommended:
In breath test you will be given a clear liquid to drink and breathe into a bag, which is then sealed. The breath sample will contain higher than normal levels of carbon dioxide if H. pylori is present.
A small stool sample is tested for the H.pylori bacteria.
In some cases, you may be referred for a gastroscopy to look inside your stomach directly and see whether you have a stomach ulcer. This include test such as:
This test can be conducted to look for ulcers, bleeding, and any tissue that looks abnormal in your stomach by inserting a long, flexible, lighted tube with a camera down your throat.
In this test a samples of tissue is taken during endoscopy to check for infection or abnormalities under a microscope.
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