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What increases my risk for esophageal ulcers?

Esophageal ulcers, or ulcers of the esophagus, have been linked with gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). Thus, if you suffer from this disorder you may be at greater risk of developing an esophageal ulcer. Additionally, people who smoke are at higher risk of developing an ulcer because smoking increases stomach acid. Finally, individuals who take a great deal of aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are at higher risk of developing the disorder. Although most people who take these drugs do not develop ulcers, the drugs have been linked with the disease.

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