Gastric and duodenal ulcer

author/s: Dr Mª Carme Peña Cala

 

What is an ulcer?

An ulcer is a lesion of the skin or mucosa surface with loss of substance and it is usually associated with a suppurative process.

 

What are gastric and duodenal ulcers?

They are very frequent ulcers.

Peptic ulcers consist in the destruction of the mucosa in the area of the stomach , and are commonly known as gastric ulcers.

Duodenal ulcers consist in the destruction of the mucosa in the area of duodenum, and are commonly known as duodenal ulcers.

When ulcers appear, their walls are exposed to the attack of digestive juices and can thus become perforated.