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FATTAHI E, RAHNEMA B, GANDCHILAR N. PREVALENCE OF HELICOBACTER PYLORI IN CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS IN TABRIZ, IRAN. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2002; 16 (1) :19-23
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-772-en.html
Associate Professor From the Departments of Internal Medicine, Immunology and Physiology, Medical School, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, l.R. Iran.
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Seroepidemiologic studies in developing countries show a high rate of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infections in children, in contrast to developed countries. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of H. pylori in children and teenagers in Tabriz, northwest of Iran. In this prospective study 44 children and teenagers were randomly selected to study serum IgG against H. pylori using ELISA method. Our results indicated the presence of IgG in 83.5% of test subjects (83.7% in females and 83.4% in males). In the 2-5 years age group 71.7% were IgG positive and this percentage increased by age, i.e., 95.2% recorded as IgG positive in the 14-18 years age group (pO.05). In general, our findings indicate that the prevalence of H. pylori in Tabriz, like other developing countries is high from early age and increases further by age. More studies are needed to clarify the reasons for this high prevalence.
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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Internal Medicine

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