Hereditary Questions

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Now, sometimes patients will come in and they’ll say, well, gee, you know, my father had an ulcer, and his father had an ulcer. Are ulcers hereditary? And the answer is there can be a hereditary component and or form of ulcer disease in families. But not necessarily. I mean, the person may represent what we call an index case, they may be the only person. Or it may be because they’re taking certain types of NSAIDs or anti-inflammatory medications because they have issues with arthritis or back pain and this type of thing. And let’s say their parents or siblings didn’t have to take those kinds of medications, et cetera. And so they don’t develop ulcers.

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