Helicobacter pylori-associated atrophic gastritis and carotid intima-media thickness: is there a link?


ALTINTAS E., UCBILEK E., ULU O., SEZGIN O., UZER C., TATAROGLU C., ...More

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PRACTICE, vol.61, no.5, pp.810-814, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 61 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2006.01133.x
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PRACTICE
  • Page Numbers: pp.810-814

Abstract

Chronic infections are associated with cardiovascular diseases. Helicobacter pylori-induced chronic active gastritis results in atrophic gastritis. In this study, we attempted to determine carotid intima-media thickness in patients with and individuals without H. pylori-induced atrophic gastritis. Oesophagogastroduodenoscopy was performed on 123 patients for various reasons. Helicobacter pylori were considered positive when histological examination and rapid urease test showed H. pylori. Helicobacter pylori-positive cases were divided into two groups, namely atrophic gastritis and non-atrophic gastritis. Of 123 patients, 92 patients had H. pylori-positive non-atrophic gastritis and 31 had H. pylori-positive atrophic gastritis. There was no significant difference in carotid intima-media thickness between the two groups. Carotid intima-media thickness is not associated with H. pylori-induced atrophic gastritis.