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We assessed the diagnostic value of the 14C urea breath test (UBT) in the detection of Helicobacter pylori compared with histology and the rapid urease test (RUT). The study included 68 patients (22 men and 46 women) with dyspeptic symptoms. H. pylori status was evaluated by 14C UBT, RUT and histology. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative(More)
AIMS Regional changes in cerebral blood flow in patients with chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis and subclinical hepatic encephalopathy were investigated in the present study using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). METHODS Twenty patients with cirrhosis, 11 patients with chronic hepatitis, and nine healthy controls were included in the study.(More)
BACKGROUND Dental plaque is considered by some to be a secondary reservoir for Helicobacter pylori and thus responsible for gastric reinfection. The aim of this study was to investigate whether testing dental plaque using a rapid urease test (CLOtest) can be used to determine gastric H. pylori status. METHODS We investigated dental plaque colonization by(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnosis of familial Mediterranean fever still remains clinical, since no specific laboratory test exists, other than a molecular genetic test which is not widely available. AIM To evaluate the clinical findings in 105 Turkish patients; to compare these findings with those in the literature; and to make a brief review of the disease. (More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Many studies have reported poor results with standard first-line treatment for Helicobacter pylori. Second-line regimens that may overcome bacterial resistance can minimize side-effects and optimize compliance. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) and bismuth subcitrate-based quadruple therapy,(More)
OBJECTIVE Idiopathic slow-transit constipation (STC) has been suggested to be a pangastrointestinal motility disorder. We investigated scintigraphically whether motility in the gallbladder and stomach was impaired in slow-transit constipation. METHODS Twenty-four patients with STC were studied. Colon transit time, gallbladder motility, and solid-phase(More)
BACKGROUND CagA seropositivity is closely associated with that of vacuolating cytotoxin (VacA). Helicobacter pylori strains positive for both VacA and CagA were reported to be strongly associated with peptic ulcer disease. Different results reporting that cagA gene is not associated with more serious diseases, lowers the importance of CagA protein as a(More)
It is being questioned if Helicobacter pylori infection, which causes a chronic inflammatory response, can increase the frequency and severity of attacks in patients with Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) and if the impact of inflammatory response can be diminished by eradication of the infection. To evaluate if there is difference in interleukin (IL)-6(More)
BACKGROUND The inflammatory reactions both in Familial Mediterranean Fever and in Helicobacter pylori infection have similarities. Whether there is interactions in case of co-existence of both diseases has not been evaluated. AIM.: To evaluate, if there is a significant relation between H. pylori infection and Familial Mediterranean Fever; if H. pylori has(More)
BACKGROUND Use of mucolytic agents that result in reduced mucous viscosity of the gastric mucous has been suggested to have an additive effect in curing Helicobacter pylori infection. METHODS Seventy Hpylori-positive patients were given either eradication treatment consisting of 500 mg clarithromycin bid and 30 mg lansoprazole bid for 10 days plus 10 mL(More)