Table 1Recommendations for collecting gastric mucosal biopsies for detection of H. pylori

Use jumbo or large-cup forceps.
Biopsy normal-appearing mucosa.
Take multiple (at least four) biopsies: two antral and two corpus.
Do not handle or orient specimens; rather, "shake off" into formalin.
Encourage pathologists to use a special stain and to report results using the new Sydney system.

From: Chapter 41, Markers of Infection

Cover of Helicobacter pylori
Helicobacter pylori: Physiology and Genetics.
Mobley HLT, Mendz GL, Hazell SL, editors.
Washington (DC): ASM Press; 2001.
Copyright © 2001, ASM Press.

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