Stress gastritis

Alternative names
Stress ulcer

Definition

Stress gastritis is the sudden appearance of gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) with ulcers and hemorrhaging, which may occur following burns, shock, trauma, or critical illness.

Unlike the typical peptic ulcer, stress ulcers may first be recognized by gastrointestinal bleeding.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 8, 2012
by Brenda A. Kuper, M.D.

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