Dyspepsia | Complications

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Is dyspepsia a serious condition?

Sometimes dyspepsia can be the sign of a serious problem--for example, a deep stomach ulcer. Rarely, dyspepsia is caused by stomach cancer. If you have dyspepsia, talk to your family doctor. This is especially important if any one of the following is true for you:

  • You're older than 50 years of age
  • You recently lost weight without trying to
  • You have trouble swallowing
  • You have severe vomiting
  • You have black, tarry bowel movements

Source

Evaluation and Management of Dyspepsia by OV Bazaldua, Pharm.D., and FD Schneider, M.D., M.S.P.H (American Family Physician October 15, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/991015ap/1773.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 10/99

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