peptic ulcer may include bleeding, perforation,
penetration, or obstruction.
Peptic ulcers sometimes bleed.
If you are vomiting blood and/or material that looks like coffee
grounds, or if you have stools that are black, look like tar, or are maroon or bloody, see a doctor immediately. The chances of successfully treating your
ulcer are best if you see a doctor when you first notice any bleeding.
Perforation occurs when an ulcer eats through the wall of the
stomach or intestine into the abdominal (belly) cavity.
January 4, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
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