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Int J Clin Exp Med 2013;6(2):140-143

Original Article
Helicobacter pylori in sleeve gastrectomies: prevalence and rate of complications

Alia Albawardi, Saeeda Almarzooqi, Fawaz Chikh Torab

Department of Pathology, College of Medicine & Health Sciences, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates; Department of Surgery, College of
Medicine & Health Sciences, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Received November 26, 2012; Accepted January 11, 2013; Epub January 26, 2013; Published February 6, 2013

Abstract: Helicobacter pylori in Sleeve gastrectomies: Prevalence & Rate of Complications. Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori has not
been established in sleeve gastrectomy specimens and yet initial observations indicate that it is significant. The aim is to determine
prevalence of Helicobacter pylori and correlate with rate of post-operative complications. A total of 89 Sleeve gastrectomies were
identified. Pathology reports and slides were re-examined. Warthin Starry special stain and clinical history were obtained. 38 cases
were Helicobacter pylori positive (44%). 33 (39%) cases initially reported negative for Helicobacter pylori on routine hematoxylin and
eosin stained slide; were positive when Warthin starry stain was employed. The presence of neutrophils in tissue was strongly
associated with presence of Helicobacter pylori on Warthin stain (p< 0.001). Post-operative complications were observed in 8 patients
(9%). Complications were not significantly associated with Warthin-Starry special stain status (p=0.98). (IJCEM1212006).

Keywords: Sleeve gastrectomy, helicobacter pylori, warthin starry stain, gastric leak, obesity

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