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What are esophageal ulcers?

An esophageal ulcer is a peptic ulcer found in the esophagus. Peptic ulcers occur in the stomach, small intestine, and esophagus; they are sores that can cause pain and, on occasion, severe complications. Bacteria and certain medications like aspirin (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) cause peptic ulcers. However, an esophageal ulcer can also be caused by reoccurring acid reflux. This is because acid can irritate the ulcer, making healing difficult and symptoms more painful. Most peptic ulcers respond quickly to treatment, but complications, like serious bleeding that requires a transfusion, can sometimes occur.

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