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Division of Bacterial Diseases (DBD)

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Helicobacter pylori
and Peptic Ulcer Disease

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A peptic ulcer is a sore or hole in the lining of the stomach or duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). People of any age can get an ulcer and women are affected just as often as men. Over 25 million Americans will suffer from an ulcer at some point during their lifetime. The good news is that most ulcers are caused by an infection with the bacterium, Helicobacter pylori , and can be cured in about two weeks with antibiotics.

Ulcer Facts

•  Most ulcers are caused by an infection, not spicy food, acid or stress.
•  The most common ulcer symptom is burning pain in the stomach.
•  Your doctor can test you for H. pylori infection.
•  Antibiotics are the new cure for ulcers.
•  Eliminating H. pylori infections with antibiotics means that your ulcer can be cured for good.


1-888-My Ulcer

For more information about H. pylori infection and ulcers, see your health care provider or call toll-free:

Para obtener más información sobre las infecciones causadas por H. pylori y las úlceras, consulte a su médico o llame gratis al 1-888-698-5237

Page Last Modified: September 23, 2005
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