A risk factor is something that raises the chances of getting a health problem. A person can get peptic ulcer disease with or without the ones listed below. The chances of getting it are greater in people who have many. Things that can raise the risk are:

H. pylori infection is the most common risk factor for getting peptic ulcer disease.


Medicines that may raise the risk are:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Oral corticosteroids
  • Biphosphonates
  • Potassium chloride
  • Chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer

Health Problems

Health problems that may raise the risk are:

Other Factors

Other factors that may raise the risk are:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Having type O blood
  • Having other family members with peptic ulcer disease

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