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Rathi Narayan
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Kingsport
Gastroenterology
Gastroenterology Associates
135 W Ravine Rd # 3-A
Kingsport
TN
37660

What is a peptic ulcer?

A peptic ulcer is a sore or ulcer on the lining of the stomach or first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum. Peptic ulcers are common: Approximately 10% of the US population has evidence of an ulcer at some time. No single cause has been found. One cause is an infection with a type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Some ulcers are caused by long-term use of painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, naproxen (Aleve and others), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil and others).

What are gallstones?

Gallstones form when liquid stored in the gallbladder hardens into pieces of stone-like material (can be smaller than a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball). The liquid in the gallbladder is called bile, which helps the body digest fats. Bile is made in the liver, and then stored in the gallbladder until the body needs it to digest fat. The gallbladder contracts and pushes the bile into a tube (common bile duct) that carries it to the small intestine, where it helps with digestion. Gallstones can cause problems and need treatment if they block the ducts.

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