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How do other illnesses affect esophageal ulcers?

GERD is often noted as having an affect as esophageal ulcers. GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux, occurs when a biological problem allows acid to move from the stomach into the esophagus. When this condition occurs often without treatment, it can cause esophageal ulcers, as the stomach acid impacts the lining of the esophagus. Other serious diseases, like stomach cancer, may also affect esophageal ulcers, causing them. When stomach cancer or other diseases cause an esophageal ulcer, it is often refractory, meaning it cannot heal.

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