Frequency of helicobacter pylori in patients with functional dyspepsia.
To evaluate the frequency of Helicobacter pylori in individuals with functional dyspepsia. Study Design: Cross sectional descriptive study. Period: Six months from 01-May-2014 to 31-10-2014. Setting: Liaquat National Hospital, Karachi. Materials and Methods: All the patients between 18 to 70 years of age diagnosed as functional dyspepsia for more than 03 months duration were admitted and evaluated for Helicobacter pylori infection through histopathological examination. Results: Total 121 subjects with functional dyspepsia were screened for Helicobacter pylori infection. The mean ±SD for age of subjects with functional dyspepsia was 41.74±08.87. The mean age ±SD of Helicobacter pylori infected individuals was 40.70±7.82 while the mean ±SD of age in helicobacter pylori negative patients was 40.55±10.63. Majority of the subjects were out-patients, 30-39 years of age with male predominance. The most common duration of disease observed was 6-9 months with epigastric pain and burning the predominant symptoms. The Helicobacter pylori infection was observed in 78(64.4%) individuals, of which 55 were males and 23 were males (p=<0.01). Conclusion: The functional dyspeptic patients are prone to acquire Helicobacter pylori infection therefore present study reported 64.4% prevalence for H. pylori infection with male gender predominance.