A 40-year-old female asked:
what is the treatment of atrophic gastritis? is it serious condition?
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Dr. Arthur Heller answered
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Depends on cause: Can be due to long term infection with bacteria, h. Pylori which can cause ulcers, and cancer of stomach. Can be autoiimmune, also can increase risk for stomach cancer. Decreases acid prod. Either can cause vitamin B12 deficiency (can affect blood count and neurological function), iron def, risk of gut infection. If h pylori-rx with meds for about 2 wks. Both need B12 replacement lifelong.
Answered on Sep 14, 2017
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