What is the outlook for ulcers?

Though ulcers often heal on their own, you shouldn't ignore their warning signs. If they are not properly treated, ulcers can lead to serious health problems, including:

  • Bleeding
  • Perforation (a hole through the wall of the stomach)
  • Gastric outlet obstruction (from swelling or scarring) that blocks the passageway from the stomach to the small intestine

Taking NSAIDs can cause any of the above, without warning. The risk is especially worrying for those over age 75 and for those who have a history of peptic ulcer disease.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/13/2016.


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