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Causes and Symptoms

What are Stomach Ulcers and Gastritis?

Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining, and ulcers are open sores in the lining of the stomach – and sometimes in the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). While they are separate issues, the causes and symptoms of gastritis and ulcers are similar.

Causes

Ulcers and gastritis are generally caused by overconsumption of alcohol, tobacco or anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – including aspirin and ibuprofen. They can also be caused by the presence of H. Pylori in the stomach.

Symptoms

  • Dull or burning pain in the upper part of the belly
  • Loss of appetite
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Anemia
  • Frequent burping
  • Nausea with or without vomiting

Diagnosis

Diagnosis includes a full health history review – including lifestyle – and an upper endoscopy.

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