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Bleeding Ulcers – Nothing to Scoff At

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Stress at work, stress at home, poor diet, and hard living (you know what we mean) can ll lead to a more-than-subtle belly ache. What you may be experiencing is something far more serious than food simply “disagreeing with you” or gas – it would be an ulcer, specifically one that bleeds.

Ulcers are quite common in the general population. Many people who have ulcers are not aware of it as ulcers may often cause little or no symptoms. Ulcers can occur is any part of the gastrointestinal tract, however most are found in the stomach or duodenum, (the first section of the small intestine, closest to the stomach). By definition, an ulcer is a focal area of tissue destruction causing a crater in the mucosa (gut lining) compared to the surrounding tissue. Such erosions expose the deeper lying blood vessels in the intestinal wall to various acids and enzymes that normally control digestion in the intestinal tract, and thus can result in damage to these blood vessels causing the ulcer to bleed. These are no joke. Once bleeding has been identified actions need to be taken to eliminate your ulcers.
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