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Are refractory ulcers serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Although they can be painful, ulcers that fail to heal are not, in themselves, serious. However, refractory ulcers are occasionally signs of a larger problem, like stomach cancer. When doctors are presented with a refractory ulcer, they generally attempt to determine whether or not underlying conditions exist. In addition, refractory ulcers can be serious if they become complicated, causing bleeding, scarring or perforating the lining of the organ they affect. In these cases, additional treatments are usually necessary.

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