INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PRACTICE, cilt.61, ss.810-814, 2007 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
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.