Perforated ulcer

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A perforated ulcer, is a very serious condition where an untreated ulcer can burn through the wall of the stomach (or other areas of the gastrointestinal tract), allowing digestive juices and food to leach into the abdominal cavity. Treatment generally requires immediate surgery.[1] The ulcer is known initially as a peptic ulcer before the ulcer burns through the full thickness of the stomach or duodenal wall. A diagnosis is made by taking an erect abdominal/chest X-ray (seeking air under the diaphragm). This is in fact one of the very few occasions in modern times where surgery is undertaken to treat an ulcer.[2] Many of the perforated ulcers have been attributed to the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.[3] The incidence of perforated ulcer is steadily declining, though there are still incidents where it occurs.[4] Causes include smoking and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).[4] A perforated ulcer can be grouped into a stercoral perforation which involves a number of different things that causes perforation of the intestine wall.

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  1. ^ Stomach ulcer - Better Health Channel
  2. ^ "Peptic ulcers - treatment". Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  3. ^ - a free online surgical resource
  4. ^ a b Svanes C (2000). "Trends in perforated peptic ulcer: incidence, etiology, treatment, and prognosis". World J Surg 24 (3): 277–83. doi:10.1007/s002689910045. PMID 10658061. 
  5. ^ Gene Vincent
  6. ^ Barbara Bush hospitalized
  7. ^ Filming on 'The Hobbit' delayed as Peter Jackson recovers from surgery
  8. ^ The Theory of Heat

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