Duodenal ulcers are open sores in the part of your intestine located just below your stomach.
They are caused by an imbalance of digestive fluids in your intestines. The symptoms of ulcers are not always obvious. If they do occur they may include:
- Pain or burning in the upper part of your abdomen that may travel up to your neck
- Feeling sick
- Vomiting blood
- Rectal bleeding
In more severe cases, a perforation (a hole in the wall of your intestine) can occur. You should seek medical attention if you have prolonged symptoms. In some cases your GP will refer you for further tests or scans and to a specialist consultant for treatment.
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