, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 88-93

The diagnosis of esophagitis

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Summary

1. The diagnosis of esophagitis entails a careful history, radiologic and endoscopic examinations, and histologic study of biopsy material.

2. Histologic examination of the esophageal mucosa will most likely reveal submucosal inflammatory changes even when the mucosa appears normal to the unaided eye of the endoscopist.

3. Cases illustrating both early and late stages of the disease are described.

Donner Fellow in Gastroenterology.