Journal Article

<i>Helicobacter pylori</i> Infection and Recurrent Abdominal Pain in Children

B. K. Das, Simple Kakkar, V. K. Dixit, Mohan Kumar, G. Nath and O. P. Mishra

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 49, issue 4, pages 250-252
Published in print August 2003 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online August 2003 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/49.4.250
Helicobacter pylori Infection and Recurrent Abdominal Pain in Children

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The association of Helicobacter pylori infection with recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) was studied in 65 children aged between 3 and 12 years. Cases with a specific cause for abdominal pain were excluded from the study. All the patients were subjected to upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and antral biopsy. The biopsy specimens were subjected to rapid urease test, histopathological examination, and culture to document the presence of H. pylori in the gastric mucosa. All the patients were put on H. pylori eradication drugs for 10 days. About 69 per cent of the children had histopathological evidence of antral inflammation. Helicobacter pylori detection rate was 77 per cent. About 83 per cent of patients had complete symptomatic relief when followed over a period of 6 months. The study concludes a possible association of H. pylori with recurrent abdominal pain in children and all these patients should be considered for H. pylori eradication.

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Subjects: Paediatrics

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