Peptic ulcer disease, while often considered a condition that affects adults, also can affect children and teens. The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, provide specialized gastrointestinal(GI) care for children with peptic ulcer disease.
A peptic ulcer is an open sore in the stomach lining or duodenum (part of the small intestine). When located in the stomach, the peptic ulcer is called a gastric ulcer. When located in the duodenum, it’s called a duodenal ulcer.
Children of any age can develop a peptic ulcer. Without treatment, the ulcer can cause serious complications that may include:
Peptic ulcer symptoms can include:
Treatment for peptic ulcers is based on a child’s age, current health and extent of the condition. The pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology will work with you and your child to create a unique treatment plan. Peptic ulcer treatment can include: