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Stress gastritis is swelling (inflammation) and weakening of the stomach lining that occurs during a serious illness.
Stress gastritis may occur after:
The risk of stress gastritis and ulcers is highest in patients who are using a breathing machine in an intensive care unit.
If the stress gastritis is severe, it may cause ulcers and bleeding.
Your doctor can best decide whether you need medicines to prevent stress gastritis.
Patients usually get medicines to avoid stress gastritis if they are receiving mechanical ventilation in an intensive care unit, or if they have bleeding disorders.
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