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Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer Complications

Ulcer warning signs

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Updated February 24, 2014

If you display any of this warning signs, seek medical attention immediately. These symptoms could be a warning sign of complications that can occur with peptic ulcers.

 

  • Vomiting blood.
  • Vomiting food eaten hours or days before.
  • Difficultly swallowing
  • Nausea
  • Black or tar-like stools (indication that there is blood in the stools)
  • Sudden, severe pain in the abdominal area
  • Pain that radiates to the back
  • Pain that doesn't go away when you take medication
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Unusual weakness, usually because of anemia

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Related Resources

Sources:
"Common GI Problems: Volume 1." American College of Gastroenterology. 22 Aug 2007

"H. pylori and Peptic Ulcer." NIH Publication No. 05–4225 October 2004. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). 22 Aug 2007

"What I need to know about Peptic Ulcers." NIH Publication No. 05–5042 October 2004. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). 22 Aug 2007

William D. Chey, M.D., F.A.C.G., A.G.A.F., F.A.C.P., Benjamin C.Y. Wong, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.G., F.A.C.P., "American College of Gastroenterology Guideline on the Management of Helicobacter pylori Infection." doi: 10.1111/j.1572-0241.2007.01393.x. American College of Gastroenterology. 22 Aug 2007

 

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