Peptic ulcer in nephrotic syndrome patients due to steroid therapy
Peptic ulcers comprise gastric and duodenal ulcers. Complications of peptic ulcers include bleeding, perforation, and obstruction. Bleeding is a major problem of peptic ulcers, as it is at times fatal. Peptic ulcer bleeding is diagnosed and treated by upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy. Oral glucocorticosteroids (referred to hereafter as corticosteroids) are commonly prescribed for symptom control in patients receiving palliative care. A recent study has shown that one-third of patients admitted to an inpatient hospice unit were receiving corticosteroids. This frequency in prescribing exposes a large number of patients to the potential side effects known to be associated with corticosteroids, including weight gain, impaired glucose tolerance, and proximal myopathy.H. pylori infection is a risk factor for PUD in aspirin and NSAID users.
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