Stomach nodules describe multiple small, solid areas on the lining of the stomach. There are many different possible causes of these nodules, including cancer, inflammation, and ulcers. Symptoms of nodule growth include abdominal pain, bleeding, or a feeling of being full very quickly after eating. Treatment depends on the cause and can include surgery or prescription medication.
A nodule describes a hard, knot-like lump of tissue that can occur anywhere on the body. As the name suggests, stomach nodules occur on the stomach, specifically the inner wall of the stomach. A nodule does not indicate any specific condition. It may be as benign as acne or a cyst or as serious as a malignant tumor. A sample of the nodule is required to determine the cause.
Stomach nodules are often caused by inflammation in the stomach lining. There are many different factors that can contribute to stomach lining inflammation, including infection. Diets high in salt and processed foods and low in fruits and vegetables can lead to stomach inflammation and irritation.
There are a few different conditions that can be indicated by the presence of stomach nodules. One of these conditions includes ulcers, which develop when the lining of the stomach becomes very irritated and inflamed. Ulcers can be quite painful, but it is not the most severe cause of these nodules.
Cancer of the stomach may show nodules. A doctor should be consulted when nodules are present in order to rule out or diagnose gastric cancer. An endoscopy will likely be performed, which involves a long flexible tube attached to a camera. The tube is inserted through the mouth and down the throat in order to study the digestive system. A biopsy will be taken from a sample of the nodule in order to determine whether the growth is benign or malignant.
Symptoms of stomach nodules can vary with each individual, depending on overall health and the size and severity of the growth. The most common symptoms include abdominal pain or bleeding. Nausea, vomiting, and the sensation of being full very soon after eating are also commonly experienced symptoms of nodules in the stomach.
Treatment of stomach nodules depends on the cause. Any cancerous nodules will require immediate surgical removal. Nodules that may someday become cancerous will also likely be removed during surgery. If the cause of the growths is from a bacterial infection, medication will be prescribed to kill the bacteria.