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Q. Is there any permanent cure for erosive antral gastritis?

Answered by
Dr. Lohit Chauhan
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 15, 2020

Hello doctor,

I am 43 years old. From my 25 years of age I am suffering from burning epigastrium i.e. erosive antral gastritis. The endoscopy report shows erosion ++, congestion +.

My Physician has suggested any of PPI like Pantroprazole 40 mg OD or Rabeprazole 40 mg OD. I Simply wish to know is there any way out to cure it? I am taking PPIs for 22 years. I am negative for H.Pylori.

Dr. Lohit Chauhan

General Medicine Internal Medicine


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Along with chronic gastritis, you seem to be having hypertension and might also have diabetes. You must get your HbA1C (glycated hemoglobin) levels done.

The chronic gastritis is basically of 3 types, environmental, autoimmune and least common diffuse antral gastritis. As you have reported above yours is an antral type. The problem with antral type gastritis is that it is associated with increased acid output from the gastric glands and might lead to duodenal ulcers.

PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitors) are H+ion (proton) inhibitors, they block acid secretion and hence are helpful in this type. Now the catch here is H.Pylori. Usually, H.Pylori is harmful and causes destruction of gastric glands, but in case of antral Gastritis where the gastric glands are hypersecreting, the destruction of these glands provides symptomatic relief. In your case H.Pylori is negative and hence you are having these symptoms.

Your symptoms will remain suppressed while you take PPI and whenever you will stop PPI there would be an exacerbation of these symptoms. You should get yourself thoroughly investigated and other organic causes should be ruled out. Some lifestyle modifications you can try, which I have already answered in this link.

Here was a study performed in China, where it was found that "green tea" reduced the risk of gastritis by 50%. I hope your treating physician would have tried giving you Sucralfate or Gefarnate. If not you can try the above either of the two.

Also, you should keep a check on your blood sugar levels and exercise regularly. An hour of a brisk walk for five out of seven days in a week will definitely help.

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