Acute Gastritis Clinical Presentation

Updated: Jun 13, 2019
  • Author: Mohammad Wehbi, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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History

Patients may experience gnawing or burning epigastric distress, occasionally accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting. The pain may improve or worsen with eating.

Obtain the following information, if available:

  • Presence of a previous mucosal injury (eg, gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, endoscopic injury caused by polypectomy, injury caused by any surgery)

  • History of eating raw fish

  • Exposure to potentially noxious drugs or chemical agents. This includes corticosteroids or other prescription medications that can cause gastritis.

  • Routine use of aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), especially at high doses

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Physical

The physical examination findings are often normal with occasional mild epigastric tenderness. The examination tends to exhibit more abnormalities as the patient develops complications in relation to gastritis.

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