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Millions of people around the world suffer from ulcers An 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 With stomach ulcers H pylori infection is found in 60 to 80 percent of the cases Again it is still uncertain how the infection acts to cause the ulcer It probably weakens the protective mucous layer of the stomach This allows acid to seep in and injure the underlying stomach cells However there is still a great deal of research to be done to unravel this relationship In times past physicians were taught no acid no ulcer The medical profession felt the single most important factor causing duodenal ulcers to form was strong stomach acid Research has now shown that over 90 of all patients who develop duodenal ulcers have H pylori infection in the stomach as well Medical studies are under way to determine the relationship between the two and how an infection in the stomach can be related to a duodenal ulcer Acid is still important patients without acid in the stomach never get duodenal ulcers However physicians now accept the fact that the infection is directly related to the development of duodenal ulcers It is now rather easy to clear duodenal ulcers with the strong acid-reducing medicines available But the ulcers will usually recur unless the H pylori infection is also cleared from the stomach Although we use to think that spicy food acid and stress were the major causes of ulcers we now know that nine out of ten ulcers are caused by H pylori Helicobacter Pylori is a specific bacteria that can cause infection of the stomach This infection can contribute to the development of diseases such as dyspepsia heartburn bloating and nausea gastritis inflammation of the stomach and ulcers in the
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