Gastritis and Gastropathy

How to Cite This Chapter: Agarwal A, Leontiadis GI, Dąbrowski A, Marlicz K. Gastritis and Gastropathy. McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine. Kraków: Medycyna Praktyczna. Accessed February 21, 2020.
Last Updated: July 21, 2019
Last Reviewed: August 9, 2019
Chapter Information

Gastritis refers to the histologic presence of mucosal inflammation in the gastric tract. It encompasses a number of different entities, including Helicobacter pylori–related gastritis, erosive gastropathy secondary to substance use or biliary reflux, stress-related gastritis, autoimmune gastritis, and phlegmonous gastritis.

Gastritis is differentiated from gastropathy, which is a term that refers to gastric mucosal damage with minimal to no active inflammation. Gastritis is primarily driven by active mucosal inflammation. The distinction may require histologic examination.

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