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How is gastritis diagnosed?
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: Tests are available for the most common bacterial organism that causes ulcers that can lead to 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.
What is the treatment for gastritis?
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Once the diagnosis of gastritis has been confirmed by a medical professional, treatment can begin. The choice of treatment depends to some extent on the cause of the gastritis. Some treatments target the exact cause of a particular type of gastritis. Most treatments aim at reducing stomach acid and symptoms. The patient's stomach often will heal over time if the underlying cause is identified and corrected.
If a person has gastritis they should avoid substances that trigger gastritis symptoms..
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/26/2016
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