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The diagnosis of gastritis can be established by a complete history and physical or in some cases may include blood tests and other tests (endoscopy) or consultation with a specialist (usually a gastroenterologist).
The health care practitioner first interviews you about your symptoms, medical history, habits and lifestyle, and the medications you take.
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.
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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