Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners
Disease Protocols - Peptic Ulcer
An applicant with a history of an active ulcer within the past 3-months or a bleeding ulcer within the past 6-months must provide evidence that the ulcer is healed if consideration for medical certification is desired.
Evidence of healing must be verified by a report from the attending physician that includes the following information:
- Confirmation that the applicant is free of symptoms
- Radiographic or endoscopic evidence that the ulcer has healed
- The name and dosage medication(s) used for treatment and/or prevention, along with a statement describing side effects or removal
This information should be submitted to the AMCD. Under favorable circumstances, the FAA may issue a certificate with special requirements. For example, an applicant with a history of bleeding ulcer may be required to have the physician submit followup reports every 6-months for 1 year following initial certification.
The prophylactic use of medications including simple antacids, H-2 inhibitors or blockers, proton pump inhibitors, and/or sucralfates may not be disqualifying, if free from side effects.
An applicant with a history of gastric resection for ulcer may be favorably considered if free of sequela.