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What causes refractory ulcers?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Several factors may lead to an ulcer becoming refractory. Generally, people experience refractory ulcers because they did not take their medication properly, used alcohol or tobacco, took nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin and the like) for a prolonged period of time, or developed a resistant strain of bacteria. In some rare cases, cancer, increased stomach acid, Crohn's disease, and infections other than the type that generally cause the disorder are responsible for refectory ulcers.

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