Gastritis Specialist Doctor NYC
Gastritis is a painful medical condition diagnosed by NYC gastroenterologists, in which the stomach lining becomes inflamed. Gastritis is a term used to describe inflammation and injury to the cells lining the stomach. Gastritis is usually caused by a bacteria inthe stomach called helicobacter pylori or h.pylori. This is a common stomach bacteria leading to a stomach infection called h.pylori gastritis which can be a cause of stomach ulcers. Autoimmune conditions can also cause inflammation of the stomach. When we find h. pylori bacteria as the cause of gastritis during endoscopy, or via breath or stool test, h. pylori treatment is prescribed. Damage to the intestinal lining can also occur from drugs, particularly non steroidal inflammatory agents, alcohol and other substances. Gastritis should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by a physician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to exclude any underlying serious illness or condition.
Gastritis is categorized as acute or chronic:
- Acute gastritis starts suddenly and lasts for a short period time
- Chronic gastritis persists for a long period of time. If chronic gastritis is left un‐treated, it may
persists for longer periods
A less common form of gastritis is called “erosive gastritis” which can lead to bleeding and ulcers in the lining of the stomach.
Gastritis pain has the tendency to occur in the upper portion of the abdomen and can radiate to the back at times. When asked to describe the sensation of gastritis patients use terms such as burning, aching, gnawing, or sore. Usually, a vague sense of discomfort is present, but the pain may be sharp, stabbing, or cutting.
Though gastritis does not always present with symptoms, symptoms can include:
- Indigestion specifically in your upper abdomen that may become either worse or better with
- A pronounced feeling of fullness after eating
- Frequent belching
- Risk factors for developing include:
- Extreme alcohol consumption
- Routine use of nonsteroidal anti‐inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and aspirin
- Cocaine use
- Age: the stomach lining thins naturally with age
- Stress caused by severe injury, illness, or surgery
- Autoimmune disorders
- Digestive disorders like Crohn’s disease
- Viral infections
Though every case of gastritis is unique, our NYC gastroenterologists can
diagnoses gastritis based on the following:
- Medical history
- Physical exam
- Upper GI endoscopy
- Upper GI series ‐ an x‐ray exam that provides a look at the shape of the upper GI tract.
- Blood tests to check for anemia or H. pylori
- Stool test
- Urea breath test
How is gastritis treated?
Gastritis is typically treated with prescription medications to reduce the amount of acid in the
stomach and to treat the underlying cause.
Doctor’s Note: This information is only intended to provide general information pertaining to gastritis, not definitive medical advice. Please consult our NYC gastritis specialists about your specific condition for a conclusive diagnosis. Only trained, experienced gastroenterologists like our doctors can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
As best in class NYC gastroenterologists, our doctors provide highly personalized and comprehensive care. Their philosophies regarding the doctor/patient relationship is based on trust and has earned them some of the most respected reputations in NYC.
For more information about gastritis or to schedule a consultation, please contact our NYC gastroenterology office.