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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 13, Issue 10, Pages 837-839
Brief Communication

Phlegmonous Gastritis Following Coronary Bypass Surgery

J Radhi, M Kamouna, and J Nyssen

Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Royal University Hospital and University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Received 28 August 1998; Accepted 24 November 1998

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Phlegmonous gastritis is a rare, rapidly progressive and potentially fatal gastric bacterial infection. A case of phlegmonous gastritis following a coronary bypass surgery is described. This condition was not diagnosed premortem due to the nonspecific nature of the gastrointestinal symptoms. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy may be of value in establishing the diagnosis in emergencies with culture of gastric aspirate and biopsy.