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Volume 15, Number 3—March 2009

Letter

Helicobacter pylori Infection in Patients Undergoing Upper Endoscopy, Republic of Georgia

Nato TarkhashviliComments to Author , Rusudan Beriashvili, Neli Chakvetadze, Maia Moistsrapishvili, Maia Chokheli, Merab Sikharulidze, Lile Malania, Nato Abazashvili, Ekaterine Jhorjholiani, Marina Chubinidze, Nanuli Ninashvili, Tamar Zardiashvili, Ucha Gabunia, Dimitri Kordzaia, Paata Imnadze, Jeremy Sobel, and Jeannette Guarner
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (N. Tarkhashvili, J. Sobel); National Center for Disease Control and Medical Statistics, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia (R. Beriashvili, N. Chakvetadze, M. Moistsrapishvili, M. Chokheli, M. Sikharulidze, L. Malania, N. Abazashvili, E. Jhorjholiani, M. Chubinidze, N. Ninashvili, T. Zardiashvili, U. Gabunia, D. Kordzaia, P. Imnadze); Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta (J. Guarner); Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta (J. Guarner)

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Histopathologic characteristics assessed in the biopsy specimens of study participants, by final pathologic diagnosis, Republic of Georgia, 2003–2005.

Final pathologic diagnosis No. Heliobacter pylori positive/no. tested (%), n = 82 No. with acute inflammation/no. tested (%), n = 90 No. with chronic inflammation/no. tested (%), n = 89 No. with intestinal metaplasia/no. tested (%), n = 84 No. with glandular atrophy/no. tested (%), n = 68
Gastritis* (n = 62) 45/58 (78) 55/62 (89) 55/62 (89) 19/60 (32) 10/50 (20)
Peptic ulcer (n = 14) 7/12 (58) 14/14 (100) 12/13 (92) 5/13 (38) 1/10 (10)
Dysplasia or cancer (n = 14) 7/12 (58) 12/14 (86) 10/14 (71) 5/11 (45) 0/8 (0)
Total (n = 90) 59/82 (72) 81/90 (90) 77/89 (87) 29/84 (35) 11/68 (16)

*According to the Updated Sydney Classification System for Gastritis (7).

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