How Does Cigarette Smoking Cause Gastritis?

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Helicobacter pylori ( H. pylori ) is the bacteria responsible for most ulcers and many cases of stomach inflammation (chronic gastritis).

The bacteria can weaken the protective coating of the stomach, allowing digestive juices to irritate the sensitive stomach lining.

Alternative Names

Gastritis - Helicobacter pylori; H. pylori

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

As many as half of the world's population is infected with H. pylori....

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