Predictors of Helicobacter pylori infectivity, Using Stool Antigen Test in Al- Qurna
AbstractAim: To identify predictors of Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infectivity, Using stool antigen test with its correlations to epigastric abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Patients &methods: Patients from Al Qurna presented to private clinic with epigastric abdominal pain each of them has been screened for H pylori via stool antigen test, after evaluations of other causes of abdominal pain. Data analysis was carried out using SPSS version-15 Results: a total of 254 patients 142 (55.9%) were males and 112 (44.1%) were females were studied. H pylori stool antigen was positive in 69 (27.2 %) and negative in 185 (72.8%) of the studied patients. Gastrointestinal symptoms that were observed included weight loss, loss of appetite (3.6%), heart burn (60.6%), vomiting (28.3%), diarrhea (7.1%), constipation (15.4%) and abdomen distension (24%). In 59.3% of the H. pylori antigen positive cases, the duration of epigastric pain was of >two weeks. Conclusions: logistic regression analysis indicated that epigastric abdominal pain of > two weeks and loss of appetite were two significant predictors of H. Pylori infection.
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