An abnormal inflammation of the stomach lining is known as gastritis. For most people it is not serious and improves quickly with treatment. For others, it may result in ulcers or even stomach cancer. There are two kinds of gastritis. Acute gastritis comes on suddenly and chronic gastritis develops during an extended period of time. To learn more about Gastritis, please contact Central Florida Hepatology & Gastroenterology at 407.303.1812 or request an appointment on our website.
Symptoms of Gastritis
- Upper abdominal discomfort or pain
Causes and Risk Factors for Gastritis
- Excessive alcohol use
- Prolonged use of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers
Test and Diagnosis of Gastritis
To diagnosis Gastritis, your physician may:
- Use a blood, stool or breath test to determine the presence of the bacteria H. pylori.
- Perform an endoscopy of the upper digestive system.
- Take an X-ray of your upper digestive system sometimes called a barium swallow, because of the white, metallic liquid (containing barium) used to coat your digestive tract, making an ulcer more visible.
Treatments and Therapies for Gastritis
Medication is the most common treatment used for Gastritis as it reduces signs and symptoms and promotes healing of the stomach. Specifically medications can be use to rid the bacteria H. pylori, block or reduce acid production and neutralize stomach acid. To learn more about Gastritis, please contact Central Florida Hepatology & Gastroenterology at 407.303.1812 or request an appointment on our website.