What are the causes of stomachulcers?

Causes of Ulcers

Some of the causes of ulcers are:

  • The bacterium Helicobacter pylori
  • Hyperacidity of the stomach (an increase in production of acid in the stomach)
  • The long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, a rare syndrome which leads to hyperacidity

Other Factors

Other factors leading to the development of an ulcer:

  • Gender, ulcers are more prevalent among men rather then women
  • Age, being over 50 years old
  • Smoking
  • Frequent use of steroidal drugs
  • Other conditions which favor the development of ulcers, such as hepatic cirrhosis, pulmonary heart disease, chronic pancreatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, coronary diseases etc.
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Family history of ulcers (genetic factors)
  • Hypercalcemia

Factors which affect the onset of the disease:

  • Psychotrauma or experiencing extreme emotion
  • Alkaloid or glucocorticoid medication, aspirin, salicylates. Nicotine is a type of alkaloid which increases the acidity of the stomach.

Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 23 Jan 2018
Medical Author: Dr. med. Diana Hysi