What are stomach ulcers?

Ulcers of the stomach or the duodenum (a continuation of the stomach linking the latter to the small intestine) are painful sores which can be found in the lining of the stomach or the duodenum.

This is a long-term chronic disease, which is characterized by intermittent periods of remission and relapse.

This disease affects the sub-mucosa, mucosa and the smooth muscle lining the stomach or duodenum.

Ulcers may also occur in any part of the digestive tract which may come in contact with peptic liquids, which is why it is often referred to as peptic ulcer.

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