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Ulcers

Definition

An ulcer is a crater-like sore on the skin or mucous membrane . Ulcers form when the top layers of skin or tissue have been removed. They can occur in the mouth, stomach, and other parts of the body.

Considerations

Common Causes

Ulcers can be caused by inflammation or infection. Some ulcers may be caused by a cancer.

Home Care

Call your health care provider if

What to expect at your health care provider's office

References

Habif TM. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy. In: Habif TP, ed. . 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 1.

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