Digestive Disorders – Gastritis

What is gastritis? Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining. While the lining of the stomach is quite strong and can withstand strong acid, drinking too much alcohol, eating spicy foods, or smoking can cause the lining to become inflamed and irritated. What causes of gastritis? Gastritis may be caused by the following: •    Drinking too much alcohol •    Eating spicy foods •    Smoking •    Prolonged use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) •    Infection with bacteria, such as E. coli, Salmonella, or Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) •    Major surgery •    Traumatic injury or burns •    Severe infection •    Extreme

Diseases: Stomach and Duodenum: Gastritis

The term “gastritis” is commonly used by doctors and the public alike to explain the brief episodes of transient upper abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting which frequently affect much of the population. Gastritis, however, is usually not the cause of these upsets and, in its strictest sense, gastritis is a diagnosis made by a pathologist when he sees evidence of inflammation and damage to the stomach lining in a biopsy specimen taken at endoscopy. True gastritis may be of acute onset in which case symptoms are common, or else it may be a chronic, often silent problem. Acute Gastritis Acute

Gastritis…That Horrible Feeling in the Pit of Your Stomach

Gastritis may be as common as the cold or flu. In fact, where abdominal pain is present, as many as ten percent of hospital emergency visits are attributable to gastritis.1 But what, exactly, is gastritis? Not a single disease, gastritis refers to several different conditions where inflammation of the gastric mucous membranes of the stomach lining occurs. Gastritis may be sudden (acute), a reaction to, say, aspirin; long lasting (chronic); or it may coincide with a more serious medical illness. What Causes Gastritis? Worldwide, the most common cause of gastritis is infection with Helicobacter pylori bacteria (H. pylori).2 While not

What Is Gastritis?

Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach. It can occur suddenly (acute) or gradually (chronic). What Causes Gastritis? Gastritis can be caused by irritation due to excessive alcohol use, chronic vomiting, stress, or the use of certain medications such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs. It may also be caused by any of the following: •    Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori): A bacteria that lives in the mucous lining of the stomach. Without treatment the infection can lead to ulcers, and in some people, stomach cancer. •    Pernicious anemia: A form of anemia that occurs


What is gastritis? Gastritis is a condition in which the stomach lining—known as the mucosa—is inflamed. The stomach lining contains special cells that produce acid and enzymes, which help break down food for digestion, and mucus, which protects the stomach lining from acid. When the stomach lining is inflamed, it produces less acid, enzymes, and mucus. Gastritis may be acute or chronic. Sudden, severe inflammation of the stomach lining is called acute gastritis. Inflammation that lasts for a long time is called chronic gastritis. If chronic gastritis is not treated, it may last for years or even a lifetime. Erosive