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What is a duodenal ulcer?

A duodenal ulcer is a kind of peptic ulcer in which a sore is formed in the duodenum, or the first part of the small intestine. A common problem, duodenal ulcers are usually caused by bacteria, although doctors in the past considered them the result of spicy foods and stress. Unless they are caused by rare forms of cancer, duodenal ulcers respond well to treatment.

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