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Dr. Kennedy An esophageal ulcer is a hole in the lining of the esophagus corroded by the acidic digestive juices secreted by the stomach cells. Ulcer formation is related to the Heliobacter pylori bacteria in the stomach, anti-inflammatory medications, and smoking cigarettes. It can also present as a complication and first sign of stomach cancer. Ulcer pain may not correlate with the presence or severity of ulceration. Diagnosis is made with barium x-ray or endoscopy. Complications of ulcers include bleeding and perforation. Treatment involves antibiotics to eradicate H. pylori, eliminating risk factors, treating an underlying condition such as cancer and preventing complications.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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