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A 36-year-old female asked:

my upper endoscopy showed everything normal except mild gastritis...no h. pylori. i have acid reflux and take omeprazole. why gastritis?

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Dr. Philip Miller
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Why not?: gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining. Omperazole inhibits acid secretion- it is a good choice.
Dr. Shaban Faruqui
Specializes in Gastroenterology
False -ve H.P common: Worldwide the most common cause of gastritis is H. pylori infection. .Recent studies using histology alone in select patients have suggested that H. pylori-negative gastritis may be common.These data suggest that H. pylori is a possible pathogen for duodenal ulcer by duodenal colonization probably via gastric metaplasia.The use of PPIs masks H. pylori infection, increase intestinal metaplasia.

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Have severe acid reflux and tested pos for hpylori. Doc says its gray area to treat b/c hpylori lowers esoph cancer risk, but doesn't hpylori up stomach cancer risk? To treat or not to treat?

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The following link is an excellent summary of info re: h.pylori and cancer: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/h-pylori-cancer
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