The symptoms of gastritis reflux can come and go and may include abdominal pain, continuous or intermittent burping, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea, according to MedicineNet. Other symptoms such as bloating and a loss of appetite may also occur. However, some people have no easily detected symptoms of gastritis reflux.
Indigestion is a term often used to describe the cluster of symptoms involved with gastritis reflux. The symptoms of gastritis reflux can vary amongst individuals and may be present in between meals or at night. A person with gastritis reflux may experience gnawing or burning stomach pain, hiccups and black tarry-looking stools. If the gastric reflux causes vomiting, it may appear as coffee grounds, according to MedicineNet.
Gastritis reflux may involve inflammation of the stomach lining, which can be diagnosed by an endoscopic exam that may include taking a biopsy of the stomach lining, says WebMD. Sometimes immunological, blood and stool tests are used to evaluate the cause of chronic problems occurring in the gastrointestinal tract. Additionally, abdominal and barium X-rays may also be used.
A common cause of inflammation in the stomach lining is an overgrowth of the Helicopter Pylori bacterium. Other causes of gastritis reflux can include the use of certain drugs, chronic alcohol consumption, infections, bile reflux and anemia, according to WebMD.