Gastric biopsy

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Item Process

Endoscopic biopsy or resected specimen.


Fresh tissue: frozen section, molecular genetics, flow cytometry, culture. 

Fixed tissue: light microscopy, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy (special fixative).


Investigation of polyps, ulcers, gastritis, infections especially Helicobacter pylori and bleeding. 

Surveillance for dysplasia in chronic gastritis. 

Diagnosis of gastric polyps and tumours. 


Report by pathologist identifies the nature of the lesion sampled.

Tumour type, grade and stage are reported for neoplasms.


Emory TS et al. Atlas of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Endoscopic Biopsies. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and American Registry of Pathology 2000.