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Symptoms of Antral Ulcers

By Rae Uddin ; Updated August 14, 2017

Ulcers are open, eroded lesions that can appear along external or internal regions of the human body. An antral ulcer is a type of peptic ulcer that develops along the lining of the lower portion of the stomach. Approximately 80,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with gastric ulcers, such as an antral ulcer, each year, according to the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. People who develop symptoms of antral ulcers should be promptly evaluated by a medical professional.

Burning or Gnawing Stomach Pain

The most common symptom of an antral ulcer is a burning or gnawing pain in the stomach. Typically, sensations of pain localize between the navel and the breastbone and may be worse when a person's stomach is empty. The severity of stomach pain can vary from mild to severe, and approximately 30 percent of people who have stomach ulcers awake during the night due to stomach pain, the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center reports. People may experience stomach pain constantly or intermittently over several weeks of months. This symptom of antral ulcers may be alleviated if a person consumes a medication or food item that helps decrease stomach acid, such as an antacid or milk.

Nausea, Vomiting or Belching

A person with an antral ulcer can develop upset stomach symptoms, including nausea, vomiting or belching, the University of Maryland Medical Center explains. These stomach upset symptoms can contribute to a decreased appetite in affected people.

Bloody Stools or Vomit

If an antral ulcer begins to bleed, people can notice blood in their stools or vomit. Blood in the digestive tract can cause stools to appear tar-like or black, while vomit can resemble coffee grounds, the New York Langone Medical Center warns. A bleeding ulcer can also contribute to sensations of dizziness or weakness in certain people.

Weight Loss or Fatigue

A person's body may be unable to absorb necessary nutrients from ingested foods due to the presence of an antral ulcer. Consequently, people can experience symptoms of increased fatigue or weight loss, the UMMC reports. Weight loss is typically accompanied by a diminished appetite, and can exacerbate feelings of weakness or tiredness.

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