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Chronic Gastritis: Diagnosis, natural history and consequences
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology.
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background & alms: The main cause of chronic gastritis is Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Clinical manifestations of chronic gastritis are ulcer disease, gastric cancer and mucosa-associated lymphoma tissue (MALT) lymphoma in the stomach. It is uncertain whether gastritis can be diagnosed macroscopically at endoscopy. H. pylori infection may be diagnosed by several different methods, the accuracy of which needs to be explored. Some individuals with H. pylori related chronic gastritis will develop atrophy of the gastric mucosa. This condition is the main risk factor for cancer development and may also be associated with vitamin B12 deficiency leading to hyperhomocysteinaemia. The natural history of chronic gastritis in terms of development of atrophy and ulcer disease in the adult general population is largely unknown.

Material & methods: A sample of 50 I volunteers from the general population in the municipality of Linköping was examined with esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy (EGD) with biopsy. Blood samples were collected in the fasting state and the subjects answered a questionnaire about lifestyle factors, medications and disease history. In-hospital diagnoses and causes of death during follow-up of the population were extracted from local and national patient files. Re-examination was done in 314 subjects after a median follow-up interval of 8.4 years. Five diagnostic tests (serology UBT, RUT, culture and microscopic examination) for H. pylori infection were used at re-examination.

Results: The best values of sensitivity and specificity were for visible vessels in relation to microscopic presence of severe atrophy in the gastric corpus mucosa (80% and 87%, respectively). There was a positive relation of S-homocysteine to male gender, age, S-cystatin C (renal function), methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase 677TT genotype and atrophic gastritis. Logistic regression analysis showed an association of S-homocysteine higher than 14.5 Ilmol/L to cardiovascular diseases (OR 2.05), but not to dementia overall.

The incidence ofulcer was 0.45 per 100 person years and was associated with weekly NSAID use, weekly alcohol consumption (OR 19.4) and smoking (OR 31.0), but not with H. pylori status. Among subjects with chronic gastritis, the incidence of atrophy of the corpus mucosa was 1.4 per 100 person years. Considering diagnostic test for H. pylori infection the accuracy was 0.86 for serology, 0.94 for UBT, 0.94 for RUT, 0.93 for culture, and 0.93 for histological examination. There was a strong correlation between the results of UBT and the histological scores of H. pylori colonisation as well as between the results of UBT and scores of RUT.

Conclusions: The occurrence of chronic gastritis or H. pylori infection is not evaluable macroscopically at gastroscopy, except for the absence of rugae or visible vessels in the gastric corpus mucosa. Serum Hcy concentrations are dependent on gender, age, the levels of vitamin B12 and folate, renal function, the occurrence of atrophic gastritis and the MTHFR 677 TT genotype. Elevated S-Hcy is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The incidence of atrophy of the corpus mucosa is 1.4 per 100 person years for chronic gastritis overall. Chronic gastritis with or without H. pylori infection is a variable process in which milder degrees of atrophy of the corpus mucosa may appear or disappear. In contrast, moderate-to-severe atrophy of the corpus mucosa rarely regresses. Age and the degree of chronic inflammation in the gastric corpus mucosa are major risk factors for the development of atrophy. The incidence of ulcer was 0.45 per 100 person years. There are only minor differences in accuracy between the three invasive tests for H. pylori infection. The UBT is recommended for situations where endoscopy is not required. RUT may be recommended as the first non-invasive method of choice in the diagnosis of H. pylori infection.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press , 2010. , 72 p.
Series
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1174
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-56575ISBN: 978-91-7393-426-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-56575DiVA: diva2:320420
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2010-06-11, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2010-05-25 Created: 2010-05-25 Last updated: 2012-05-09Bibliographically approved
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1. Relationship of gastroscopic features to histological findings in gastritis and Helicobacter pylori infection in a general population sample
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Relationship of gastroscopic features to histological findings in gastritis and Helicobacter pylori infection in a general population sample
2003 (English)In: Endoscopy, ISSN 0013-726X, E-ISSN 1438-8812, Vol. 35, no 11, 946-950 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background and study aim: Various gastroscopic features may be interpreted as signs of gastritis, but the significance of such features in relation to histomorphology is uncertain. The aim of this study was to determine how macroscopic findings were related to histomorphological changes and the presence of Helicobacter pylori in the gastric mucosa, in a sample of the general population. Subjects and methods: 488 adult individuals, randomly selected from a general population, were screened with gastroscopy and biopsy. The macroscopic features recorded were erythema (diffuse, spotty, linear), erosions, absence of rugae in the gastric corpus, and presence of visible vessels. Gastritis was classified microscopically according to the Sydney system. The presence of H. pylori was determined histologically and using the urease test on fresh biopsy specimens. Results: The sensitivity and specificity of absence of rugae for moderate to severe atrophic gastritis in the gastric corpus were 67% and 85%, respectively. Corresponding valuers for severe atrophy were 90% and 84%. The sensitivity and specificity of the presence of visible vessels for moderate to severe atrophy in the corpus were 48% and 87%, and for severe atrophy the values were 80% and 87%, respectively. Considering the antrum, the sensitivity and specificity of the presence of visible vessels for moderate to severe atrophy was 14% and 91%, respectively. With regard to chronic inflammation (moderate to severe in the corpus or antrum), none of the features, alone or in combination, showed a sensitivity of more than 56%. No endoscopic features (alone or in combination) showed a sensitivity of more than 57 % for H. pylori infection. Conclusions: Except for the absence of rugae and visible vessels in the gastric corpus, macroscopic features as observed during gastroscopy are of very limited value in the evaluation of whether or not gastritis or H. pylori infection are present. This is in accordance with most previous studies in patient populations, and it must be emphasized that the diagnosis of gastritis should be based on histological examination of the gastric mucosa.

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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-24965 (URN)10.1055/s-2003-43479 (DOI)9376 (Local ID)9376 (Archive number)9376 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2017-12-13
2. Homocysteine Levels in Chronic Gastritis and Other Conditions: Relations to Incident Cardiovascular Disease and Dementia
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Homocysteine Levels in Chronic Gastritis and Other Conditions: Relations to Incident Cardiovascular Disease and Dementia
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2010 (English)In: DIGESTIVE DISEASES AND SCIENCES, ISSN 0163-2116, Vol. 55, no 2, 351-358 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background Homocysteine levels in circulation are determined by several factors and hyperhomocysteinemia is reportedly associated with cardiovascular diseases and dementia. The aim of this study is to determine the relation of chronic gastritis and other conditions to homocysteine levels and their relation to incident cardiovascular diseases and dementia. Methods An adult population-based cohort (N = 488) was screened for H. pylori infection, gastro-duodenitis ( endoscopic biopsies), disease history, and lifestyle factors. Blood samples were analyzed for pepsinogen I and II ( gastric function), vitamin B12, folate, homocysteine, and cystatin C ( renal function). The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase C677T polymorphism reportedly associated with hyperhomocysteinemia was analyzed by pyrosequencing. Incident cardiovascular diseases and dementia were monitored during a median follow-up interval of 10 years. Results At baseline, there was a positive relation of S-homocysteine to male gender, age, S-cystatin C, methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase 677TT genotype and atrophic gastritis. During follow-up, cardiovascular diseases occurred in 101/438 and dementia in 25/488 participants, respectively. Logistic regression analysis ( adjusting for gender, age at baseline, follow-up interval, BMI, smoking, alcohol consumption, NSAID use, P-cholesterol, and P-triglycerides) showed an association of S-homocysteine higher than 14.5 mu mol/l to cardiovascular diseases (OR 2.05 [95% c.i. 1.14-3.70]), but not to dementia overall. Conclusions Gender, age, vitamin B12, folate, renal function, atrophic gastritis and the methylenetetrahydrofolate 677TT genotype were significant determinants of homocysteine levels, which were positively related to incident cardiovascular diseases.

Keyword
Atrophic gastritis, Cardiovascular disease, Cohort, Cystatin C, Dementia, Folate, Gastritis, Homocysteine, H. pylori, Pepsinogen, Vitamin B12
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53694 (URN)10.1007/s10620-009-0761-0 (DOI)
Available from: 2010-02-01 Created: 2010-02-01 Last updated: 2010-05-25
3. Natural history of chronic gastritis in a population-based cohort
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Natural history of chronic gastritis in a population-based cohort
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2010 (English)In: SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY, ISSN 0036-5521, Vol. 45, no 5, 540-549 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective. To describe and explore the natural history of Helicobacter pylori infection and chronic gastritis in terms of gastric mucosal atrophy and ulcer development over time in a population-based cohort. Material and methods. A population-based cohort of 314 volunteers was re-screened (median follow-up interval of 8.4 years) with gastroduodenoscopy with biopsy, assessment of H. pylori status, analysis of pepsinogens, and monitoring of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use and alcohol and smoking habits. Results. The incidence of duodenal or prepyloric ulcer was 0.45 per 100 person years and was associated with weekly NSAID use (odds ratios, OR 27.8), weekly alcohol consumption (OR 19.4) and smoking (OR 31.0), but not with H. pylori status. De novo infection with H. pylori was not observed, and the infection had disappeared in 11 of 113 subjects. Among subjects with chronic gastritis, the incidence of atrophy of the corpus mucosa was 1.4 per 100 person years. Atrophy development was related to age (OR 1.23) and to the severity of chronic inflammation in the corpus mucosa at baseline (OR 8.98). Substituting atrophy for subnormal S-pepsinogen I/S-pepsingen II gave similar results. Conclusions. In this cohort, the minimum incidence of ulcer was 0.45 per 100 person years. Smoking, alcohol, and NSAIDs, but not H. pylori infection were significant risk factors. The incidence of atrophy of the corpus mucosa was 1.4 per 100 person years with a positive relation to age and to the degree of chronic inflammation at baseline. Atrophy was stationary in advanced stages.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor and Francis, 2010
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-56293 (URN)10.3109/00365521003624151 (DOI)000276897600005 ()
Note
This is an electronic version of an article published in: Stefan Redéen, Fredrik Petersson, Stergios Kechagias, Erik Mårdh and Kurt Borch, Natural history of chronic gastritis in a population-based cohort, 2010, SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY, (45), 5, 540-549. SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY is available online at informaworldTM: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/00365521003624151 Copyright: Taylor and Francis http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/default.asp Available from: 2010-05-07 Created: 2010-05-07 Last updated: 2010-05-29
4. Reliability of diagnostic tests for Helicobacter pylori infection
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reliability of diagnostic tests for Helicobacter pylori infection
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2011 (English)In: Gastroenterology Research and Practice, ISSN 1687-6121, E-ISSN 1687-630X, Vol. 2011, no 940650Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori) infection is very common worldwide. A reliable diagnosis is crucial for patients with H.pylori related diseases. At follow-up it is important to confirm that eradication therapy has been successful. There is no established gold standard for the diagnosis of H.pylori infection.

Material and Methods: A sample of 304 volunteers from the general population was screened for H.pylori infection with serology, 13C-urea breath test (UBT), rapid urease test (RUT) on fresh biopsy, culture from biopsy and histological examination. Each method was tested against the other methods (except serology) taken together as gold standard.

Result: The sensitivity was 0.99 for serology 0.92 for UBT, 0.96 for RUT, 0.99 for culture and 0.95 for histological examination. Corresponding specificities were 0.82, 0.94, 0.93, 0.90 and 0.92, respectively. The accuracy was 0.86 for serology, 0.94 for UBT, 0.94 for RUT, 0.93 for culture and 0.93 for histology. There was a strong correlation between the results of UBT and histological scores for H.pylori colonization as well as between the results of UBT and the scores of RUT.

Conclusion: There were only minor differences in accuracy between three invasive tests for H.pylori infection in this population. RUT may be recommended as first choice since a result is obtained within hours. The accuracy of UBT was comparable to the invasive tests and it is recommended for situations when endoscopy is not needed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hindawi, 2011
Keyword
Accuracy, diagnosis, diagnostic test, gold standard, H. pylori, sinsitivity, specificity
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-56574 (URN)10.1155/2011/940650 (DOI)000295641000001 ()
Note
Funding agencies|Swedish Cancer Society||Research Council in the South East of Sweden (FORSS)||Available from: 2010-05-25 Created: 2010-05-25 Last updated: 2017-12-12

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