Gastritis is one of several medical conditions involving inflammation of the stomach lining. It is not any one disease in particular. Liver pain can be caused by gastritis.
Gastritis may be affecting an individual without having any visible symptoms present. In some cases, symptoms may occur, some of which might include the following:
Increased heart rate
Burning sensation in upper abdomen
Chest or upper abdomen pain
Shortness of breath
Unusual bowel movements (dark, sticky, etc.)
Vomiting (may include much blood)
Gastritis may be brought on by several different underlying causes. Some may include:
Alcohol (by eroding mucosa)
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterial infection
Metaplasia of mucous glands
Mucosal defense damages
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosis of gastritis is made by a doctor or medical professional. Some possible diagnosis options include blood test, stood test, and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. The blood test may check red blood cell counts to try to detect anemia, while the stool test may check for blood in the stools or H. pylori, and the endoscopy checks the stomach lining for inflammation (possibly taking a biopsy).
Gastritis treatment varies based upon the cause, condition, the individual, and other factors. Antacids may be used against mild gastritis as an over-the-counter method of pain relief. Sometimes stronger medicines may be prescribed. The underlying cause may be treated in some circumstances.
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