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Question: What is gastritis and what are their symptoms?


Gastritis is best defined, in most cases, as inflammation of the gastric mucosa.
The symptoms of gastritis are also the symptoms of many other upper gastrointestinal (GI) problems. Patients may complain of epigastric burning, nausea, postprandial fullness, or “bloating,” as well as other nonspecific upper GI-type complaints. Unfortunately, these are also the symptoms of other upper GI disorders (e.g., gallbladder disease, gastric neoplasm, gastroesophageal reflux disease [GERD], gastroparesis). These diagnoses need to be excluded in patients with these symptoms before a diagnosis of symptomatic gastritis can be considered.

Reference: Wolfsen HC, Carpenter HA, Talley NJ: Ménétrièr’s disease: A form of hypertrophic gastropathy or gastritis? Gastroenterology 104:1310-1319, 1993.

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