PEPTIC ULCER DISEASE (PUD)
Peptic ulcer disease is often known as a stomach ulcer. PUD consists of painful sores in the lining of the stomach causing burning pain heartburn, bloating, nausea and/or vomiting.
Esophagitis is inflammation or irritation of the esophagus. It typically is caused by GERD and is accompanied by abdominal pain.
Patients suffering from gastritis have an irritation, inflammation or even erosion of the stomach lining. Causes are numerous including chronic vomiting, alcohol use, some medications, stress, bile reflux, Helicobacter pylori, or infection.
Patients suffering from Pancreatitis often experience severe abdominal pain that radiates into the back. The pain is due to inflammation in the pancreas. The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach.
The gallbladder is a small organ near the liver. If the flow of bile that passes out of the gallbladder and into the small intestine becomes blocked, this build up inside the gallbladder leads to pain, swelling, and infection known as cholecystitis.
H pylori is a bacteria that grows in the digestive tract. It can attack the stomach lining. H pylori often causes no symptoms for patients. For those prone to ulcers, however, they may develop as a result of H pylori.