What is the significance of a radiographic finding of nodularity in the workup of acute gastritis?

Updated: Jun 13, 2019
  • Author: Mohammad Wehbi, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Nodularity of the gastric mucosa (bumpy appearance) is a second sign of acute or subacute gastritis. Its origin is uncertain. Nodules may represent erosions that have epithelialized (healed) but still have the associated edema. Compared with benign neoplastic polyps, gastritis-related nodules are smaller, and their edges are less well defined. They taper onto the adjacent mucosa, and they are seen most often in the distal stomach. Nodules due to gastritis are referred to as inflammatory. They generally line up on the folds of the gastric antrum and are a characteristic appearance of gastritis.


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