INTRODUCTION: Gastroduodenal mucosal ulcers that appear after severe insults have been called ulcers associated with stress or, more generally, "mucosal disease associated with stress" (DMAE). Are known since antiquity and although linked with high morbidity and mortality, prevention schemes in order to minimize their risk, were introduced only recently. The proton pump inhibitors have played an important role in this scenario. METHODS: This article is a brief review of its use within the clinical context of prophylaxis of gastrointestinal bleeding due to stress.
Duodenal ulcer; Therapeutics; Proton pump inhibitors