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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.
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 9/15/2017
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