Alternate Names : Gastric Inflammation
How is the disease diagnosed?
Healthcare providers use several methods to diagnose and classify different kinds of gastritis. These include:
doing a physical exam and asking about symptoms of gastritis
checking the appearance of the stomach lining with an endoscope, a camera on a long, thin tube that goes down through the mouth and into the stomach
checking the appearance of the stomach lining with tests such as an upper GI and small bowel series. This is usually done after the person swallows a liquid called barium. The barium helps to visualize any inflammation or other problems in the stomach on the X-ray.
doing a biopsy, which means taking a sample of tissue from the stomach lining for examination under a microscope
If the bacteria H. pylori is suspected, a blood test, breathing test, or biopsy may be done to see if it is present in the body.