How common are refractory ulcers?

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Peptic ulcers, which account for ulcers in the stomach, small intestine, and esophagus, are very common disorders. In fact, around 10 percent of people in America will suffer from one of these ulcers at some point in their lives. Refractory ulcers, however, are not very common. Refractory ulcers occur when peptic ulcers fail to respond to treatment. Since most peptic ulcers respond well to treatment, refractory ulcers are the minority.

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Ulcers are caused by too much acid in the stomach, and the reasons for excess acid is usually a bacterial infection or prolonged use of NSAID painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Smoking can also be a culprit. Ulcers ...

cause pain, most often when the stomach is empty or at night. The pain can in the chest, as low as the navel, or as high as the breastbone. Modern treatment is with medicine to kill bacterial infection and to block, suppress, or neutralize excess acid.
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