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Seroprevalence of IgG antibodies to Helicobacter pylori among gastrointestinal endoscopists, radiologists and paramedical personnel.
J Assoc Physicians India. 1999 Sep; 47(9):866-8.JA

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The route of transmission of Helicobacter pylori is unknown. Since the organism has been isolated from saliva, gastric juice and stool, medical personnel could be at high risk for acquiring the infection during procedures like gastrointestinal endoscopy.

AIMS

To study whether endoscopy is a professional hazard for acquisition of H. pylori.

METHODS

We studied the prevalence of IgG antibodies to H. pylori in endoscopists (n = 17), radiologists (n = 17) and personnel from paraclinical branches (n = 35); microbiology (n = 21), pathology (n = 7) and forensic medicine (n = 7); among the paraclinical personnel five were at high risk because they worked with cultures of H. pylori. Subjects answered a questionnaire regarding upper gastrointestinal symptoms, and precautions taken at the work place against infection. The serum was tested for IgG antibodies to H. pylori using a microwell ELISA and a rapid card test.

RESULTS

H. pylori antibodies were present in five (29.4%) endoscopists, three (17.6%) radiologists and seven (20%) paraclinical personnel; only one of the 5 high risk para medical personnel was positive. There was no correlation between the duration of performing endoscopies and the H. pylori IgG status.

CONCLUSION

Endoscopy is not a risk factor for acquiring H. pylori infection.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Dept. of Microbiology, TN Medical College, Mumbai.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10778653

Citation

Kamat, A H., et al. "Seroprevalence of IgG Antibodies to Helicobacter Pylori Among Gastrointestinal Endoscopists, Radiologists and Paramedical Personnel." The Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, vol. 47, no. 9, 1999, pp. 866-8.
Kamat AH, Mehta PR, Bhatia SJ, et al. Seroprevalence of IgG antibodies to Helicobacter pylori among gastrointestinal endoscopists, radiologists and paramedical personnel. J Assoc Physicians India. 1999;47(9):866-8.
Kamat, A. H., Mehta, P. R., Bhatia, S. J., & Koppikar, G. V. (1999). Seroprevalence of IgG antibodies to Helicobacter pylori among gastrointestinal endoscopists, radiologists and paramedical personnel. The Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, 47(9), 866-8.
Kamat AH, et al. Seroprevalence of IgG Antibodies to Helicobacter Pylori Among Gastrointestinal Endoscopists, Radiologists and Paramedical Personnel. J Assoc Physicians India. 1999;47(9):866-8. PubMed PMID: 10778653.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Seroprevalence of IgG antibodies to Helicobacter pylori among gastrointestinal endoscopists, radiologists and paramedical personnel. AU - Kamat,A H, AU - Mehta,P R, AU - Bhatia,S J, AU - Koppikar,G V, PY - 2000/4/25/pubmed PY - 2000/5/20/medline PY - 2000/4/25/entrez SP - 866 EP - 8 JF - The Journal of the Association of Physicians of India JO - J Assoc Physicians India VL - 47 IS - 9 N2 - BACKGROUND: The route of transmission of Helicobacter pylori is unknown. Since the organism has been isolated from saliva, gastric juice and stool, medical personnel could be at high risk for acquiring the infection during procedures like gastrointestinal endoscopy. AIMS: To study whether endoscopy is a professional hazard for acquisition of H. pylori. METHODS: We studied the prevalence of IgG antibodies to H. pylori in endoscopists (n = 17), radiologists (n = 17) and personnel from paraclinical branches (n = 35); microbiology (n = 21), pathology (n = 7) and forensic medicine (n = 7); among the paraclinical personnel five were at high risk because they worked with cultures of H. pylori. Subjects answered a questionnaire regarding upper gastrointestinal symptoms, and precautions taken at the work place against infection. The serum was tested for IgG antibodies to H. pylori using a microwell ELISA and a rapid card test. RESULTS: H. pylori antibodies were present in five (29.4%) endoscopists, three (17.6%) radiologists and seven (20%) paraclinical personnel; only one of the 5 high risk para medical personnel was positive. There was no correlation between the duration of performing endoscopies and the H. pylori IgG status. CONCLUSION: Endoscopy is not a risk factor for acquiring H. pylori infection. SN - 0004-5772 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10778653/Seroprevalence_of_IgG_antibodies_to_Helicobacter_pylori_among_gastrointestinal_endoscopists_radiologists_and_paramedical_personnel_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/helicobacterpyloriinfections.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -