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:

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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