Helicobacter pylori infection in adolescents with eating disorders and dyspeptic symptoms
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The potential role of Helicobacter pylori infection of the antrum as a cause of symptoms of dyspepsia in patients with eating disorders was evaluated with an assay to detect H. pylori-specific IgG in serum. H. pylori-specific optical-density readings were comparable for adolescents with eating disorders (0.133 +/- 0.063, mean +/- SD) and for two comparison groups, and were lower than readings for children with documented H. pylori infection. Symptoms referable to the gastrointestinal tract did not correlate with H. pylori status in the teenagers with eating disorders.
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