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Gastritis (cont.)

Gastritis Causes

Gastritis is associated with various medications, medical and surgical conditions, physical stresses, social habits, chemicals, and infections. Some of the more common causes of gastritis are listed.

Medications (only the most common medications are listed)

Swallowing chemicals or objects

  • Corrosives (acid or lye)
  • Swallowed foreign bodies (paper clips or pins)

Medical and surgical conditions

  • People who are critically ill or injured can develop gastritis.
  • After medical procedures (such as endoscopy, in which a specialist looks into the stomach with a small lighted tube)
  • After an operation to remove a part of the stomach
  • After radiation treatment for cancer
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Chronic vomiting


Other Causes

  • Stress
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Caffeine
  • Smoking
  • Autoimmune gastritis: your body attacks the cells that line your stomach. This is usually found in people with underlying autoimmune disorders.
  • Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis: An uncommon form of gastritis due to eosinophilic infiltration of the stomach wall.
  • Bile reflux gastritis: This condition is a postgastrectomy complication leading to stomach pain, vomiting bile and weight loss.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/28/2015
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