Peptic ulcer disease (PUD)

Approximately 10% of all Americans eventually develop PUD, a mucosal defect in the portions of the digestive system exposed to acid and pepsin secretion, such as the stomach and upper portion of the intestine. Diagnosis of a peptic ulcer is confirmed with an upper intestinal endoscopy, which allows the doctor to directly examine the ulcer. Treatment has become quite effective in recent years, and may include acid-suppressing drugs or antibiotics.

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