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What is the purpose of foveolar cells in the cardia of the stomach?

they secrete mucin which coats food to prevent it from physically touching and harming the gastric epithelium as in the case of acute gastritis



What are the most common peptic ulcers?

-stress ulcers, commonly affecting critically ill pts. with shock, sepsis, burns, etc.

Curling ulcers, occuring in the proximal duodenum in association with burns

Cushing ulcers, arising in the stomach, duodenum, or esophagua of persons with intracranial disease


How are intestinal ulcers associated with intracranial disease as in Cushing ulcers?

thought to be caused by direct stimulation of vagal nuclei, causing gastric acid hypersecretion


T or F. The symptoms and signs of chronic gastritis are less severe but more persistent than those of acute gastritis

T. Again, N/V may occur with abdominal discomfort, but hematemesis is uncommon, unlike acute gastritis


What is the msot common cause of chronic gastritis?

H. pylori. In pts without H. pylori, autoimmune gastritis is the most common cause


T or F. The incidence of H. pylori infection correlates most closely with sanitation and hygiene during a person's childhood

T. Infection is often pediatrically acquired


How does H. pylori infection present?

Most often as an antral gastritis with high acid production, despite hypogastrinemia


What are the virulence factors of H. pylori?


-urease, which generates ammonia from urea to elevate the local pH

-adhesions to foveolar cells

-toxins via CagA that may be involved in ulcer or cancer development


T or F. Autoimmune gastritis typically spares the antrum and induce HYPERgastrinemia



What is autoimmune gastritis?

Abs to parietal cells and intrinsic factor in the body of the stomach which results in:

-reduces serum pepsinogen I levels

-antral endocrine cell hyperplasia

-vit B12 deficiency



Why is autoimmune gastritis associated with hypergastrinemia?

loss of parietal cells and thus acid stimulates production of gastrin in the antrum G cells


How does pernicious anemia present (as in the case of autoimmune gastritis)?

The symptoms of pernicious anemia come on slowly. Untreated, it can lead to neurological complications, and in serious cases, death. Many of the signs and symptoms are due to anemia itself, when anemia is present.

Symptoms may consist of the triad of tingling or other skin sensations (paresthesia), tongue soreness (glossitis), and fatigue and general weakness.

 It presents with a number of further common symptoms, including depressive mood, low-grade fevers, diarrhea, dyspepsia, weight loss, neuropathic pain, jaundice, sores at the corner of the mouth (angular cheilitis), a look of exhaustion with pale and dehydrated or cracked lips and dark circles around the eyes, as well as brittle nails, and thinning and early greying of the hair.

Because PA may affect the nervous system, symptoms may also include difficulty in proprioception, memory changes, mild cognitive impairment (including difficulty concentrating and sluggish responses, colloquially referred to as brain fog), and even psychoses, impaired urination, loss of sensation in the feet, unsteady gait, difficulty in walking, muscle weakness and clumsiness.

Anemia may also lead to tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), cardiac murmurs, a yellow waxy pallor, altered blood pressure (low or high), and a shortness of breath (known as "the sighs"). The deficiency also may present with thyroid disorders.




Peptic ulcer disease is most often associated with what?

H. pylori infection or NSAID use


Although more than 70% of PUD cases are associated with H. pylori infection, only 5-10% of these pts. develop ulcers. Gastric hyperacidity is fundamental to the development of PUD, either driven by H. pylori, parietal cell hyperplasia, or elevated gastrin release as in ZE Syndrome


What is Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome?

characterized by multiple peptic ulcerations in the stomach, duodenum, and even jejunum caused by hyper-gastrin release by a tumor and subsequent acid production


What are some risk factors for PUD?


-cigs, which imapir mucosal blood flow and healing



-hyperPTH and chronic kidney failure

-alcoholic cirrhosis


Why do hyperPTH and chronic kidney failure increase the risk of PUD?

hypercalcemia stimulates gastrin production


Peptic ulcers are most common where?

4x more common in the proximal duodenum than in the stomach

Note that most peptic ulcers are solitary 


Describe the pain of PUD

it tends to occur 1-3 hrs after meals during the day, is worse at night, and is relieved by alkali or food


Describe hyperplastic and inflammatory polyps in the stomach

These represent about 75% of all gastric polyps, commonly occurring between the age of 50-60, and usually arising on a background of chronic gastritis that initiates the injry followed by reactive hyperplasia. If associated with H. pylori, these regress after tx.


T or F. Hyperplastic and inflammatory polyps in the stomach are often multiple

T. Typically ovoid in shape, small, and covered by a smooth surface


The frequency with which dysplasia develops in inflammatory or hyperplastic polyps correlates with _____

size (1.5+cm= bad risk)


Describe fundic gland polyps

These occur sporadically and in persons with FAP but do NOT have neoplastic potential


Fundic gland polyps are more likely with the use of PPIs. Why?

Acid inhibition stimulates gastrin production and subsequent glandular hyperplasia


What is the most common malignancy of the stomach?

adenocarcinoma (90%)


T or F. PDU does not increase the risk of gastric cancer

T. But partial gastrectomies increase the risk


What mutations are common in gastric cancers?

majority of gastric cancers are not hereditary, but CDH1 mutations leading to loss of E-cadherin are associated with those that are (usually the diffuse type)

FAP pts. with APC mutations are more likely to get intestinal-type gastric cancer

Sporadic intestinal type gastric cancer is assoicated with mutations in B-catenin, MSI, and hypermethylation


What infections raise the risk of gastric adenocarcinomas?

-H. pylori