Dr. MJ Bazos MD,
Menetrier's Ménêtrier's disease
causes giant folds of tissue to grow in the wall of the stomach. The tissue may
be inflamed and may contain ulcers. The disease also causes glands in the
stomach to waste away and interferes with the body's absorption of a protein
called albumin. Menetrier's Ménêtrier's disease increases a
person's risk of stomach cancer. People who have this rare, chronic disease are
usually men between ages 30 and 60. The cause of the disease is unknown.
Symptoms include pain or discomfort
and tenderness in the top middle part of the abdomen, loss of appetite, nausea,
vomiting, diarrhea, vomiting blood, swelling in the abdomen, and ulcer-like pain
disease is diagnosed through x-rays, endoscopy, and biopsy of stomach tissue.
Endoscopy involves looking at the inside of the stomach using a long, lighted
tube that is inserted through the mouth. Biopsy involves removing a tiny piece
of stomach tissue to examine under the microscope for signs of disease.
Treatment may include medications to
relieve ulcer symptoms and treat inflammation, and a high-protein diet. Part or
all of the stomach may need to be removed if the disease is