Acute gastritis is a sudden inflammation of the stomach lining.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Acute gastritis may be caused by:
Certain medications, such as aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or corticosteroids
Eating or drinking corrosive substances
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
Upper abdominal pain , possibly made worse by eating
Loss of appetite
or coffee-ground like material
Many people with chronic gastritis have no symptoms of the condition.
Signs and tests
Complete blood count
(CBC) showing anemia
Stool guaiac test to check for blood in the stools
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