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Gastritis

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Definition:

Gastritis is defined as mild irritation, infection or inflammation of the lining of the stomach. It means that white blood cells move into the wall of the stomach as a response to some type of injury. Some people may confuse gastritis with a peptic ulcer or cancer - let me assure you that gastritis is not accompanied with peptic ulcer or cancer, but in some rare cases it may lead to slight formation of ulcer or cancer. It is simply inflammation - either acute or chronic. In some cases, chronic gastritis can lead to more serious complications.

Gastritis is also called the gastric mucosa. Acute gastritis involves a simple inflammation with superficial ulcers. Chronic gastritis may be associated with an autoimmune condition, such as anemia or hypothyroidism.

Commonly, the inflammation of stomach lining in gastritis results from infection with the same bacterium that causes most stomach ulcers. Yet other factors - including traumatic injury and regular use of certain pain relievers - can also contribute to gastritis.

   

 

 

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