Do ulcers run in families?

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Most people with ulcers cannot point to their family tree as a source of their ulcers. However, recurring canker sores (aphthous ulcers) can run in families. Some conditions that cause ulcers can be hereditary, such as Crohn's disease. Some people seem to be more susceptible to peptic ulcers because of genetic factors like blood type--those with group O blood appear to be more likely to get duodenal ulcers.

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Ulcers

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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