The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 8, Issue 10, pp 798–815 | Cite as

Gastritis: A study of 1000 consecutive gastric biopsies

  • Joel Valencia-Parparcén
  • Hans Römer


In summary, our present evidence indicates that:
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    Gastritis is a very frequent finding.

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    Its clinical picture is not a specific one.

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    Diffuse gastric processes may be associated with other diseases of the digestive tract.

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    Achlorhydria is particularly evident with atrophic gastritis and even more so with gastric atrophy.

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    Superficial gastritis may be reversible or may progress to atrophic gastritis.

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    Hypertrophic gastritis is not a frequent finding.

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    Gastric atrophy may be a congenital disease and not only the final stage of atrophic gastritis.

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    Achlorhydria increases with age.

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    Achlorhydria and intestinal metaplasia, so very frequent in gastric inflammatory processes, may be the possible source of precancerous lesions in the stomach.



Public Health Congenital Disease Inflammatory Process Final Stage Gastritis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joel Valencia-Parparcén
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hans Römer
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.From the University HospitalCaracasVenezuela
  2. 2.Centro Medico-San BernardinoCaracasVenezuela

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