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Helicobacter pylori y su relación con minerales séricos

Author(s): Edgar J. Acosta García | María Concepción Páez Valery | Liseti Solano Rodríguez

Journal: Salus Online
ISSN 1316-7138

Volume: 13;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 61;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: H. pylori | iron | calcium | magnesium | copper

Helicobacter pylori infection has been related to extra gastrointestinal diseases, including iron deficiency anemia and other micronutrient deficiencies. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between H. pylori infection and iron nutritional status, serum levels of calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg) and copper (Cu) in school children. This was a descriptive, correlational, and cross-sectional field study done on 231 seemingly healthy children from 4 to 14 years of age, and randomly selected from two schools of Valencia City, Venezuela. H. pylori infection was screened using the (13 C) breath test; ferritin concentration was determined by ELISA, and C-reactive protein by nefelometric test. Ca, Mg and Cu serum levels were determined by atomic absortion spectrophotometer. Socioeconomic status was evaluated with the GraffarMéndez-Castellano. Prevalence of H. pylori infection was 73.6%. 97.6% of the families lived in poverty. Prevalence of iron deficiency, anemia, hypocalcemia, hypomagnesemia and hypocupremia were the 39.6%, 5.2%, 9.5%, 7.4% and 0.4%, respectively. No significant correlation (Spearman correlation) was found between the H. pylori infection and iron status, serum levels of Ca, Mg and Cu (p>0.05). H. pylori infection was high, with no correlation with the studied variables
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