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    A 50-year-old man was admitted to the hospital with severe abdominal pain and vomiting. In the ER, the doctors found that his blood pressure was dropping significantly. He was taken to the OR and the surgeons found that he had a perforated peptic ulcer.
    How does a peptic ulcer develop?

    Is there any bacterium involved? If so, what is the name?

    What are the factors that may lead to an ulcer?

    How does perforation develop?

    Does the patient have peritonitis?

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    How does a peptic ulcer develop?

    There are a number of reasons that people develop stomach ulcers. The biggest culprit is the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. This bacterium lives in the mucosa of the stomach lining and when there is a constant erosion of the lining, the bacterium becomes active. The bacterium can live in the body from childhood but may not become active until one is elderly or the body is under stress.

    ? Difficulty swallowing or regurgitation. This may be followed by a burning sensation
    ? persistent nausea and vomiting that is also very is irritating to the lining of the esophagus
    ? vomiting blood or vomit with the appearance of coffee grounds, reddish or black
    ? black or tar-like stools
    ? unintended ...

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