The Detection of Neutrophiles in Gastric Mucosa of Patients Suspected to be Infected with Helicobacter Pylori Using Leukostix Nassir Enssief Mohsun*,
Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal,
2010, Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 480-483
Helicobacter pylori has been detected in many populations and associated with inflammation of
gastro duodenal mucosa. Colonization of the stomach by Helicobacter pylori occurs in more than
half of human population worldwide. It is the principle cause of chronic active gastritis, peptic ulcer
and gastric cancer.
To detect neutrophiles in homogenates biopsied gastric mucosa semiquantitatively using rapid
leukocyte strip test (leukostix).
A total of 115 patients (74 males, 41 females) referred to The Gastrointestinal Tract Center and
Gastroscopy Department of Baghdad Medical City and subjected to gastroscopy were included in this
study during the period from November 2004 to May 2005.
The sensitivity and specificity of leukostix at the initial examination were 95.8%, 88.23%
The leukostix test, using biopsied samples of gastric mucosa was excellent for quantitative
determination of neutrophils in patients infected with H pylori.
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