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What causes a gastric ulcer?

I am a 35 year old male. I was diagnosed with a gastric ulcer. What causes a gastric ulcer?

5 Answers

Stomach ulcers are commonly caused by Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori) bacteria or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These can break down the stomach defense against the acid causing the stomach lining to be damaged. The result is an ulcerated lining causing pain after any meal due to the acid secretion increased stimulated by the food in the stomach. Alcohol can also irritate the stomach lining. Thank you.
A breakdown of the protective mechanism of the stomach lining tend to cause ulcers. H pylori infection is an other cause. Taking aspirin or ibuprofen can do it too.
Please ask the doctor who diagnosed you. I’m sure she can help with your question.
There can be many causes including H. pylori, the use of Aspirin or NSAID's, as well as increased acidity.
Stress, too much acid whether it is from food and drink or somethin internally going on or tumors. You would need to get it biopsied to determine whether the cause is benign or malignancy. Good luck.

RB Thomas,MD