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Alternate Names : Gastric Inflammation

Gastritis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

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.

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    Author: David J. Craner, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 09/19/01

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