I. Varzakakos

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OBJECTIVES Rapid, reliable in-office tests are needed for applying the adopted screen-and-treat strategy in Helicobacter pylori-positive young dyspeptic patients. DESIGN We have evaluated the performance characteristics of a whole-blood antibody (WBA) test for the detection of H. pylori infection under in-office conditions. METHODS In a prospective(More)
A rapid, single-step, in-laboratory qualitative test for the detection of IgG antibodies to Helicobacter pylori in serum (TestPack Plus; Abbott Laboratories, Germany) was evaluated. This test may be used as an alternative to enzyme immunoassays (EIAs). Of 153 adult patients, 110 were defined as Helicobacter pylori positive and 43 as Helicobacter pylori(More)
BACKGROUND The performance of serological methods used to detect Helicobacter pylori varies with the ethnicity and prevalence of the infection in the community. We have prospectively evaluated the performance of two commercially available serum enzyme immunoassays (EIA) detecting H. pylori immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies in the sera of untreated Greek(More)
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