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Growth in children with Helicobacter pylori infection and dyspepsia
  1. M R Sood1,
  2. S Joshi2,
  3. A K Akobeng2,
  4. J Mitchell2,
  5. A G Thomas2
  1. 1Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  2. 2Booth Hall Children’s Hospital, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr M R Sood
    Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Medical College of Wisconsin, 9000 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA;


Aims: To compare the height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) of children presenting with dyspeptic symptoms and Helicobacter pylori infection, to those with dyspepsia but without the infection.

Methods: A retrospective chart review of 257 children was performed. 13C urea breath test was performed to detect H pylori infection; weight and height were recorded and BMI was calculated. Weight, height, and BMI SD scores were determined using the 1990 UK normative data. The Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004 (IMD 2004) scores, which measure deprivation at small area level, were calculated from the patients’ postcodes.

Results: Ninety seven of the 257 children were H pylori positive. The mean age at diagnosis and presenting symptoms of H pylori positive and negative patients were similar. The mean IMD 2004 scores for children with H pylori infection were significantly higher compared to H pylori negative patients, suggesting that children with the infection came from relatively more deprived areas. The mean weight and height SD score were significantly lower for children with H pylori infection compared to those without. However, this difference was no longer significant after adjusting for socioeconomic deprivation and ethnic differences between the groups.

Conclusion: Children with dyspepsia and H pylori infection were shorter and lighter than patients with similar symptoms but no infection. The differences in anthropometry may be due to socioeconomic and ethnic factors rather than H pylori infection.

  • H pylori
  • dyspepsia
  • growth

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  • Published Online First 14 June 2005