What is a perforated or "busted" ulcer?

This is an emergency situation in which the ulcer has completely broken through the stomach wall and its contents are extruded into the abdominal cavity. It is like a punched out hole in the bottom of a full can, with the contents pouring out. A perforated ulcer is associated with severe pain and peritonitis (inflammation). This can sometimes occur in an individual who has never before had ulcer symptoms.

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