Digby J Cullen

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BACKGROUND AND METHODS Hereditary hemochromatosis is associated with homozygosity for the C282Y mutation in the hemochromatosis (HFE) gene on chromosome 6, elevated serum transferrin saturation, and excess iron deposits throughout the body. To assess the prevalence and clinical expression of the HFE gene, we conducted a population-based study in Busselton,(More)
The association between serum ferritin level and coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke events was evaluated in a long-term Western Australia prospective study in 1981-1998. The cohort consisted of the 1612 men and women aged 40-89 years who participated in the 1981 Busselton Health Survey and who were free of cardiovascular disease at that time. Serum(More)
Helicobacter pylori causes chronic active gastritis and is thought to be associated with the development of gastric atrophy, intestinal metaplasia and carcinoma. As the effect of H. pylori eradication on this process is poorly understood, we sought to determine the long-term effects of H. pylori eradication on gastric histology. Fifty-four patients with(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Two major mutations are defined within the hemochromatosis gene, HFE. Although the effects of the C282Y mutation have been well characterized, the effects of the H63D mutation remain unclear. We accessed a well-defined population in Busselton, Australia, and determined the frequency of the H63D mutation and its influence on total body iron(More)
BACKGROUND Heterozygotes for the C282Y mutation of the HFE gene may have altered hematology indices and higher iron stores than wild-type subjects. METHODS We performed a cross-sectional analysis of 1488 females and 1522 males 20-79 years of age drawn from the Busselton (Australia) population study to assess the effects of HFE genotype, age, gender, and(More)
BACKGROUND Quality assurance is an important part of health-care delivery. With the high level of awareness relating to adverse events from medical care, demonstration of a high standard of practice in gastroenterology is desirable. AIMS To determine the incidence of significant complications or death within 30 days of an outpatient colonoscopy, and(More)
The long-term benefits of Helicobacter pylori-eradication treatment (HET) in H pylori-associated duodenal ulcer are unclear. We followed up patients with duodenal ulcers from a trial of H pylori eradication in 1985-86. 63 of 78 patients (81%) were reviewed clinically and had upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with gastric antral biopsy. Of 35 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Women who inherit heterozygosity for the C282Y mutation of the HFE gene may have increased serum iron indices and hemoglobin and are less likely to develop iron deficiency compared with women with the wild-type genotype. METHODS We performed a cross-sectional analysis of 497 women 20-44 years of age and 830 women >51 years of age drawn from the(More)
Cross sectional surveys have shown an increasing prevalence of Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection with increasing age in Western populations. The aim of this study was to examine the pattern of acquisition of H pylori infection over a 21 year period in a group of 141 adults who had blood samples and serum stored in 1969, 1978, and 1990. A prevalence(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the prevalence of coeliac disease in an Australian rural community. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of stored serum samples from 3,011 random subjects from the Busselton Health Study. IgA antiendomysial antibodies (AEA) were detected by indirect immunofluorescence, and subjects testing positive were contacted and offered small-bowel(More)