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Can refractory ulcers run in families?

Refractory ulcers occur when a peptic ulcer does not respond to treatment. For this reason, a refractory ulcer cannot run in a family. Instead, it is caused by lifestyle (smoking, using alcohol, taking aspirin and related medicines) or a biological problem, like a serious disease or an overproduction of stomach acid. One type of peptic ulcer, however, a duodenal ulcer, can run in families. Family history can be a factor when it comes to refractory ulcers or ulcers in general.

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