How is chronic gastritis diagnosed?

Updated: Jun 07, 2019
  • Author: Akiva J Marcus, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The diagnosis of chronic gastritis can only be established on histologic grounds. Therefore, histologic assessment of endoscopic biopsies is essential. Identification of the underlying cause of chronic gastritis and assessment of specific complications can require several laboratory tests.

Failure to diagnose the underlying cause of chronic gastritis correctly may result in unnecessary morbidity. Failure to identify and treat H pylori infection in the presence of peptic ulcers may result in ulcer recurrence and complications.


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