What the difference between a cyst and an ulcer?

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A cyst is a small sac that is filled with fluid, gas, or other material and are usually benign. They are very common and can be found just about anywhere on the body. They are usually very small but they can grow to be very large and these types of cysts can cause problems. There are many different kinds of cysts that can form on the body. Here are some of the more common types of cysts: ovarian cysts, ganglion cysts, bakers cysts, cysts of the thyroid gland, and sebaceous cysts.

An ulcer is quite different. An ulcer is an open sore and they can be very painful. A common type of ulcer is called a peptic ulcer and they occur in the stomach or the upper part of the small intestine. Almost all peptic ulcers are caused from a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. Ulcers can also be caused by stress.

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A cyst is a growth, usually benign, surrounded by a capsule and may contain be semi-solid or contain fluid or gas. They range from microscopic to quite large and may occur almost anywhere in the body.

An ulcer is a sore, or an excavation of the surface of a tissue or an organ due to inflammation. Eventually, the dead tissue is removed and a sore is the result. They may occur in the stomach, the eye, the foot, or anywhere that inflammation may occur.

For more information on ulcers, see the link below.

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