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Duodenitis is the inflammation of the duodenum, which is a part of the small intestine that is situated below the stomach. The condition can occur in both women and men of any age. The condition could be either chronic or acute. The chronic type progresses slowly and can last for a couple of months or a few years. Both the acute and chronic conditions are treatable and do not cause long-term complications.
The common symptoms of duodenitis are as follows:
- Cramping or stomach burning
- Stomach pain which radiates to back region
- The sensation of fullness immediately you begin to eat.
In certain cases, the stool appears black and the vomit appears like coffee grounds. These symptoms suggest internal bleeding.
A common cause of the duodenitis condition is the bacterium known as Helicobactor Pylori. Many bacteria invading the small intestine or stomach can produce the inflammation. The spread of H. pylori from a person to another is caused by contaminated water and food.
Other common causes of duodenitis:
- Long-term usage of medications like ibuprofen, aspirin
- Too much consumption of alcohol
Less common causes of Duodenitis:
- Crohn’s disease
- Celiac disease
- Bile reflux
- Injury to the small intestine or stomach
- Stress brought about by severe trauma, shock or surgery
- Ingesting poison or caustic substances
- Radiation therapy
- Smoking cigarettes
Celiac Disease and Duodenitis
Gluten consumption by individuals suffering from celiac disease triggers an ‘immune response’ which affects the small intestine that leads to the damage of the villi. This inflammation of the duodenum is known as duodenitis.
Diagnosis of Duodenitis
The duodenitis specialist, with whom you can get in touch with at mfine would advise you to carry out several tests such as breath, blood or stool tests. The other diagnostic tests a doctor would suggest are upper endoscopy along with a biopsy.
Antibiotics are used for treating the infection caused by H.Pylori. Your stomach doctor would suggest a combination of several drugs for treating the infection. The antibiotics need to be taken for 2 weeks. Minimizing the production of acid in the stomach is an integral part of the duodenitis treatment. Get in touch with accomplished general surgeons at mifine who would recommend acid blockers such as famotidine, cimetidine, proton pump inhibitors for lowering the release of acid into the digestive tract.
At mfine, we treat our patients with proper care and understanding. You can get in touch with renowned general physicians or a gastroenterology doctor at mfine who can offer the best treatment. Connect with an expert stomach specialist near you and get top quality treatment.
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