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acute erosive gastritis

Friday 24 February 2012

acute erosive gastritis (acute hemorrhagic gastritis, stress gastritis)

Acute erosive gastritis complicates major physiologic disturbances including sepsis, extensive burn injury, head injury, severe trauma, and multiorgan failure.

It also develops following ingestion of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, or alcohol.

Acute gastritis often presents as abdominal discomfort, pain, heartburn, nausea, vomiting and hematemesis.

Bleeding begins 3 to 7 days following a stressful event. It ranges from occult blood loss to massive hemorrhage that originates from in numerable foci of mucosal damage to smaller, more discrete ulcers.

Curling ulcers develop in severe burn patients within 24 to72 hours, predominantly in the proximal stomach.