If you are experiencing a medical emergency please dial 911 immediately
Complications of peptic ulcer may include bleeding, perforation, penetration, or obstruction.
Peptic ulcers sometimes bleed.
If you are vomiting blood and/or material that looks like coffee grounds, or if you have stools that are black, look like tar, or are maroon or bloody, see a doctor immediately. The chances of successfully treating your ulcer are best if you see a doctor when you first notice any bleeding.
Perforation occurs when an ulcer eats through the wall of the stomach or intestine into the abdominal (belly) cavity.
Last Revised: January 4, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
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