n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Gastritis and gastropathy : more than meets the eye

Volume 31, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Gastrointestinal symptoms such as dyspepsia, heartburn, epigastric pain, nausea and vomiting are extremely common and have been experienced by the majority of people at some stage in their lifetime. These complaints are often as a result of pathology in the upper gastrointestinal tract. Correlation between the clinical presentation (symptoms, signs and endoscopic findings) and pathology, including the degree and precise localisation of the disease process, is unfortunately notoriously poor. This is mainly due to the absence of a somatic nerve supply to the gut wall. The stomach is a common site of pathology responsible for upper gastrointestinal symptoms, which may have an extremely wide range of causes.

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