Gastritis means inflammation of the stomach. It means that white blood cells move into the wall of the stomach as a response to some type of injury. Helicobacter Pylori bacteria, aspirin and other similar medication, alcohol and pernicious anemia are some important causes of gastritis.
The physician may suspect gastritis by listening to the medical history. However, the only certain way to make the diagnosis is by endoscopy and biopsy of the stomach lining. The treatment for gastritis will depend on its cause. For most types of gastritis, reduction of stomach acid by medication is often helpful. Beyond that, a specific diagnosis needs to be made. Antibiotics are used for infection. Elimination of aspirin, NSAIDs or alcohol is indicated when one of these is the problem. Some other acute gastritis treatments may be needed for the more unusual types of the disease. H. pylori infection when present for a long time, may lead to stomach cancer in some individuals. This infection can also lead to a low-grade lymphoma is called a MALT lymphoma. Eliminating the infection from the stomach often cures this type of lymphoma.
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