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Gastritis - acute


Acute gastritis is a sudden inflammation of the lining of the stomach.

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Acute gastritis

Gastritis - acute

Acute gastritis is a sudden inflammation of the stomach lining.


Acute gastritis may be caused by:

  • Certain medications, such as aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or corticosteroids
  • Alcohol
  • Eating or drinking corrosive substances
  • Extreme stress
  • Infections, such as the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, or much less often, cytomegalovirus or herpes simplex virus

Acute gastritis is often associated with a severe, acute illness or trauma. The following increase your risk of acute gastritis:

  • Aspirin or NSAID use
  • Recent heavy alcohol use
  • Major surgery
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Respiratory failure

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