Gastritis

author/s: Dr Mª Carmen Peña Cala

 

What is gastritis?

Gastritis is the acute or chronic inflammation of the gastric mucosa.

 

What is it caused by?

It can be caused by several things, such an excessive intake of food, toxic foods, drugs, viral and bacterial infections (such as the one caused by the helicobacter pylori bacterium).

 

How can it be cured?

It can be cured by trying to determine its aetiology and treating it with antibiotics, such as in h. pylori infections associated with the use of antacids.

 

What is erosive gastritis?

Erosive gastritis, also known as haemorrhagic gastritis or multiple gastric erosions, is a frequent cause of bleeding of the upper digestive tract, although it is rarely severe. The first thing to do is to control the bleeding followed by the instauration of antiacid therapy.