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The diagnosis of gastritis may be established by a complete history and physical. Some cases may require blood tests and other tests (endoscopy) or a consultation with a specialist (usually a gastroenterologist).
The health-care professional first interviews the person about their symptoms, medical history, habits and lifestyle, any medications that are taken by the patient.
Laboratory testing: No laboratory tests can pinpoint a diagnosis of gastritis.
The following tests are most likely to be ordered:
X-rays films or other diagnostic images may be ordered, although they are usually not necessary.
An electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG) might be ordered if the patient's heartbeat is rapid or they are having chest pain.
The patient may be referred to a gastroenterologist, a doctor who specializes in diseases of the digestive system.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/28/2015
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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