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Perforated Peptic Ulcers

The ulcer may suddenly perforate, or penetrate the wall of the stomach or duodenum. If this is not sealed off by an adjacent organ, it constitutes an abdominal emergency. This is more likely to occur with a duodenal ulcer than a gastric ulcer (5:1 in men, but only 2:1 in women). The ulcer may be…
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