If you suspect that you’re suffering from gastritis or stomach ulcer, contact us today for treatment and pain relief. Dr. Anthony Borcich is a board-certified NYC gastroenterologist with over 30 years of experience treating patients suffering from a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions, including gastritis and stomach ulcer. Dr. Borcich is known for his compassionate and personalized patient care and offers the latest diagnostic tests and treatments to meet your unique needs.
What is gastritis?
Gastritis is defined as inflammation of the stomach lining. Gastritis can lead to stomach lining erosion, malabsorption (poor absorption of vitamins and nutrients) and, while uncommon, it can even result in stomach cancer. It is a common affliction that impacts millions of Americans each year. Gastritis can occur suddenly (acute) or it may be a chronic, ongoing condition. Depending on the cause of your gastritis, stomach ulcers are one possible condition that can develop as a result.
What causes gastritis?
Inflammation of the stomach lining can be caused by a number of different factors, which include:
- Infection from bacteria or a virus
- Frequent or long-term use of NSAID pain-relieving medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Stress (physiologic)
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria in the stomach
- Autoimmune gastritis (pernicious anemia)
- Bile reflux
What is a stomach ulcer?
A stomach ulcer is a cratered lesion in the wall of the stomach. Such ulcers can also occur in the upper part of the small intestine, also known as the duodenum. Collectively, ulcers are known as peptic ulcer disease, a disease which impacts an estimated 4 million Americans annually. People can also develop ulcers in their lower esophagus due to reflux disease (GERD), but may incorrectly refer to them as “stomach” ulcers.
What causes gastritis ulcers?
A stomach ulcer occurs when stomach acid breaks down the stomach or small intestine’s protective mucus layer, resulting in a sore. Ulcers can be caused by a couple of different factors, which include:
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria that infect the stomach lining
- Frequent or long-term use of NSAID medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen
Other, less common stomach ulcer causes include excessive alcohol consumption, tobacco use and use of certain medications. Tumors of the stomach are less common, but gravely important cause of ulcers.
What are the symptoms of gastritis and ulcers?
The symptoms of stomach inflammation and ulcers are similar. Gastritis and stomach ulcers may cause symptoms including:
- Abdominal pain
- Recurrent upset stomach
- Burning feeling in the stomach at night or in between meals
- Loss of appetite
- Dark or black stool
In some cases, a person with gastritis or a stomach ulcer may experience no symptoms at all. A proper evaluation with a top Manhattan GI doctor is critical for making a diagnosis and determining your treatment options.
How are gastritis and ulcers treated?
The first step to learning about your gastritis and stomach ulcer treatment in New York City is an examination with an NYC gastroenterologist. Dr. Borcich will start with a thorough evaluation, including a review of your medical history, all medications you take and your symptoms. If necessary, he will order tests to evaluate your blood, stool or breath for the presence of H. pylori. In some cases, an upper endoscopy may be recommended to make a precise diagnosis. This procedure enables Dr. Borcich to view the stomach and duodenum with great detail to visually confirm the presence of an ulcer, as well as take a biopsy in order to test for H. pylori or the presence of cancerous cells.
Once a diagnosis of gastritis or peptic ulcer disease has been made, Dr. Borcich will be able to recommend a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Conservative treatments such as over-the-counter medications (e.g. antacids) or prescription medications are often effective at improving symptoms. Depending on the underlying cause of your condition, antibiotics that kill the H. pylori bacteria or medications that block or reduce acid production and promote healing may be prescribed.
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of gastritis or a stomach ulcer, an evaluation with an experienced Manhattan gastroenterologist who specializes in gastritis treatment is the first step to finding relief. Anthony Borcich, M.D. has more than 30 years of experience in diagnosing and treating gastritis and stomach ulcers and is known for his compassionate care and personalized approach. Schedule an appointment today by contacting our office or using the “Schedule an Appointment” button on this page.