What is gastritis?

Gastritis is a general term for inflammation of the lining of the stomach. There are many causes of gastritis, including medications, infections, allergies, trauma and inflammatory conditions.

The evaluation of gastritis may include a trial of medication, blood testing, stool testing, and/or a camera test (such as an upper endoscopy).

Treatment of gastritis depends on the cause, but often includes the use of medications that decrease acid in the stomach.

At The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, children with gastritis are evaluated and treated by gastroenterologists in the Division of Gastroenterology (GI), Hepatology and Nutrition.

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