When the growth of giant folds in the wall of stomach tissues is observed, such a condition is termed as Menetrier’s disease. Such tissues can contain ulcers or be inflamed. The disease also affects the glands present in stomach to waste away which results in loss of albumin. Albumin is a protein containing fluid. People suffering from Menetrier’s disease are on higher risk of developing stomach cancer. People in the age group of 30 and 60 years are primary victims of this disease.
Menetrier’s disease is also referred by common names protein losing gastropathy, hypertrophic gastropathy and hypertrophic gastritis.
Common Symptoms of Menetrier’s Disease
The symptoms may defer from one person to another depending upon the cause behind development of Menetrier’s disease. Following are some of the common symptoms.
- Abdominal pain
- Tenderness and discomfort of abdomen, specifically in middle upper portion of abdomen
- Loss of appetite
- Vomiting or nausea
- Abdominal swelling
- Occurrence of blood in vomiting
- Ulcerative pain especially after eating
Diagnosis of Menetrier’s Disease
Medical investigations like X-ray, stomach tissue biopsy and endoscopy are conducted for proper diagnosis of Menetrier’s disease. In endoscopic examination, a long, lighted tube is inserted into the abdomen through mouth to examine the internal parts. In biopsy, small piece of stomach tissue is removed for microscopic examination.
Treating Menetrier’s Disease
There are different remedies used for treating Menetrier’s disease depending upon the cause and stage of the disease. Medication in treatment of Menetrier’s disease is aimed and relieving pain and reducing inflammation. Intake of diet containing high proteins helps in treating this condition. In severe cases, removal of stomach, partially or completely may be required.
Help for Menetrier’s Disease patients
The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse maintains record of information resources on digestive diseases for the CHID (Combined Health Information Database). This database contains information released by various health-related agencies of the Federal Government. The CHID provides abstracts, titles and available information regarding resources on health and health education. You can log on to CHID web site for more information.
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House is another agency which can provide you more information on resources of information on Menetrier’s disease. In fact, NDDIC is a service of National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), which is a part of the National Institutes of Health under the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The clearing house was established in the year 1980 with an aim of providing information on digestive diseases to health care providers and general public. The NDDIC responds to queries made my digestive disease sufferers, works in coordination with health care professionals, government agencies and patient organization; and develops and distributes publications containing information on this subject. Publications released by the clearing house are reviewed carefully by the outside experts as well as NIDDK scientists.
You may contact the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing house at the following address.
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
2, Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3570
You can also get more information about Meretrier’s disease from the following agency.
National Organization for Rare Disorders Inc
55, Kenosia Avenue
P.O. Box 1968
Danbury, CT 06813-1968
Web site: http://www.rarediseases.org