Stomach ulcers, also referred to as gastric ulcers and peptic ulcers, are sores which occur in the stomach’s lining – duodenal ulcers can also occur in the intestine. They’re a common complaint, affecting around one in 10 people at least once in their lifetime. Stomach ulcers are caused by the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or H.pylori bacteria, which infiltrate the stomach and upper intestine. Symptoms can include:
- Burning/gnawing stomach pain
Some people may suffer complications and if you notice any of the below symptoms, you should seek urgent medical attention:
- Black, tarry stools
- Vomiting blood
- Sudden, sharp stomach pains
Treatment can include using a proton pump inhibitor to reduce acid in the digestive system, which allows ulcers to heal. Antibiotics can be used to kill the H.pylori bacteria and stopping using NSAIDs can help prevent ulcers recurring.
Failure to diagnose a stomach ulcer could lead to complications, which affect around one in 50 people. These include:
- Perforation of stomach lining at the ulcer site
- Gastric obstruction when the ulcer blocks food from moving through the digestive system
Some of these complications are considered a medical emergency.
Claiming compensation for medical negligence
Failure to diagnose a stomach ulcer could be classed as medical negligence, so it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer who will be able to assess whether medical negligence has occurred. If you have received a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, you may have been left suffering and your quality of life will have been affected; you may also have suffered loss of earnings due to time off work. You are entitled to compensation if negligence has occurred, but remember that there is a three year time limit in place to make a claim.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today
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Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown