Is Your Duodenum At Risk?
Erosive duodenitis is inflammation with open sores in the lining of the duodenum (the beginning of the small intestine). Duodenitis can be chronic and painful.
Around 80% people in some of the developing countries might be infected by the bacteria
- Lab tests are required to diagnose this condition
- Common in people with a history of substance abuse (such as heavy smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol)
In this condition, the inflamed duodenal wall becomes eroded with sores. Duodenitis is most commonly caused by an insufficient protective mechanism in the duodenum and an increase in acids and irritants in the duodenal lining.
Sometimes, it can be caused by the invasion of a bacterium called H.Pylori that damages the lining of the duodenal wall. External factors like intake of nicotine, illicit drugs, and stress can cause increased acid production.
Most commonly seen in age group of 20-49 years.
The symptoms of duodenitis are very close to that of gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). They include:
- Burning sensation in the stomach
- Stomach pain that reaches the back
- Excessive gas
To determine the actual problem in your duodenum, the doctor may suggest tests like upper endoscopy along with a biopsy. These tests will identify inflammation and bleeding if any. Blood, stool or breath tests are recommended to check for the presence of any bacterium.
You need to make the right lifestyle choices related to food and sleep to handle duodenitis.
Antibiotics, acid reducers like famotidine, ranitidine and proton pump inhibitors like lansoprazole and esomeprazole are suggested. Antacids also help in neutralizing stomach acids.
You need to consult a gastroenterologist to prevent the condition from reaching a chronic stage. You can reach our specialized doctors at mfine with a click on your mobile. We will support you through the complete treatment.
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