Stress gastritis is swelling (inflammation) and weakening of the stomach lining that occurs during a serious illness.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Stress gastritis may occur after:
- Severe illness
The risk of stress gastritis and ulcers is highest in patients who are using a breathing machine in an intensive care unit.
Signs and tests
If the stress gastritis is severe, it may cause ulcers and bleeding.
Your doctor can best decide whether you need medicines to prevent stress gastritis.
Patients usually get medicines to avoid stress gastritis if they are receiving mechanical ventilation in an intensive care unit, or if they have bleeding disorders.
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Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.