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Gastropathy

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Gastropathy, or stomach disease, can come in many forms. The stomach plays a crucial role in the human body, aiding digestion, releasing enzymes and protecting the intestines from foreign organisms. There are numerous types of diseases and disorders that can affect the stomach and disrupt proper function.

Causes of Stomach Disease

There are various causes and contributors to stomach disorders. Some of them include:

  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcoholic consumption
  • Use of certain medications

Stomach Disease Symptoms

Typical symptoms of stomach disease include:

  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Types of Stomach Disease

Stomach diseases are fairly common, 25% of the population suffering from some type of disorder.

Gastritis

Within the stomach, there is a specific balance between the wall lining and the stomach acid acid, all managed by a protecting mucus. When this mucus is disrupted, stomach acid can increase, causing Gastritis and leading to various symptoms. These symptoms may include abdominal pain, nausea, heartburn and vomiting. Without proper medical attention, the pain can grow, becoming continuous, and there may be internal bleeding that can be seen in stools. When the level of acid becomes uncontrolled, it can also lead to blood loss, or lead to a hole appearing in the stomach. If blood is present in your stool, it is crucial for you to contract a medical professional before symptoms progress.

Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis affects millions of Americans but commonly goes undiagnosed. During the development of this disorder, the stomach's natural movement no longer occurs and consumed food does not properly flow towards the intestines for complete digestion. Among the causes of gastroparesis, the most common is diabetes, but it can also be caused by some form of blockage, certain cancers or stroke. Some symptoms of gastroparesis include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and appetite loss.

Crohn's Disease

An inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's can affect any portion of the digestive tract. even the stomach. Among its symptoms is inflammatory ulcers that can alter the stomach wall, as well as bleed. Symptoms of the disease also include stomach pain, diarrhea and weight loss. It is highly recommended to consult with a doctor if symptoms exist in order to to to prevent future health complications.

There are many aspects to gastropathy. If you feel you might be suffering from the condition, the best thing to do is get a proper diagnosis and assessment of treatment options from one our board certified physicians. West Medical is here to help. If you are interested in learning more about gastropathy, as well as treatment for stomach diseases and disorders, please call West Medical at (855) 690-0565 and one of our representatives will be happy to address any of your questions, comments, or concerns.

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