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Suppurative gastritis

Reviewers: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 5 August 2012, last major update August 2012
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● Exceedingly rare
● Bacterial infection primarily affecting submucosal layer of stomach
● Usually caused by Strep Group A, also Staph, E. coli, H. influenza, Proteus
● Rigors, fever, high death rate

Emphysematous gastritis:
● Associated with gas forming organisms

Predisposing factors:
● Most patients debilitated, alcoholism, chronic renal failure, immunodeficiency, hypochlorhydria, endoscopic polypectomy

Gross description

● Distention of stomach with marked thickening of wall due to edema

Micro description

● Submucosal edema, congestion, hemorrhage
● Massive neutrophilic exudate with bacteria
● Overlying mucosa may be unremarkable

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