When and why do ulcers bleed and what can be done about it?

  • Chris Swain
  • Published 1987 in Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics


This article reviews the pathophysiology and management of bleeding peptic ulcer. Ulcers bleed when and because they erode into a blood vessel, and bleed massively when they erode into a medium- or large-sized artery. Focal pathology at the bleeding point (such as arteritis, aneurysmal dilatation or recanalized thrombus) contributes to the timing and… (More)


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