H. pylori infection found to be related to gallbladder diseases
(HealthDay)—Gallstones are less common with Helicobacter pylori infection among a Chinese population, according to a study published Nov. 27 in the Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.
The researchers found that 43.4 percent of participants had H. pylori infection, 5.5 percent had gallstones, 1.2 percent had cholecystitis, and 5.6 percent had cholecystic polyps. Among participants ≤45 years in the H. pylori-positive group, the prevalence of gallstones was lower than in the H. pylori-negative group (odds ratio, 0.653). In the H. pylori-positive group, the prevalence of cholecystic polyps was significantly higher than that seen in the H. pylori-negative group (odds ratio, 1.160).
"H. pylori infection is found to be related to cholecystic polyps and gallstones," the authors write.
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