Autoimmune atrophic gastritis: The role of Helicobacter pylori infection in children

Demir A. M. , Berberoğlu Ateş B., Hızal G., Yaman A., TUNA KIRSAÇLIOĞLU C., Oğuz A. S. , ...More

Helicobacter, vol.25, no.5, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/hel.12716
  • Journal Name: Helicobacter
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, Environment Index, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Keywords: anemia, autoimmune gastritis, Helicobacter pylori, vitamin B12 deficiency


© 2020 John Wiley & Sons LtdBackground: Autoimmune atrophic gastritis (AIG) is very rare in children. Despite a better understanding of histopathologic changes and serological markers in this disease, underlying etiopathogenic mechanisms and the effect of Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection are not well known. We aimed to investigate the relation between AIG and H pylori infection in children. Materials and Methods: We evaluated the presence of AIG and H pylori infection in fifty-three patients with positive antiparietal cell antibody (APCA). Demographic data, clinical symptoms, laboratory and endoscopic findings, histopathology, and presence of H pylori were recorded. Results: The children were aged between 5 and 18 years, and 28 (52.8%) of them were male. Mean age was 14.7 ± 2.6 years (median: 15.3; min-max: 5.2-18), and 10 (18.8%) of them had AIG confirmed by histopathology. In the AIG group, the duration of vitamin B12 deficiency was longer (P =.022), hemoglobin levels were lower (P =.018), and APCA (P =.039) and gastrin (P =.002) levels were higher than those in the non-AIG group. Endoscopic findings were similar between the two groups. Intestinal metaplasia was higher (P =.018) in the AIG group. None of the patients in the AIG group had H pylori infection (P =.004). One patient in the AIG group had enterochromaffin-like cell hyperplasia. Conclusions: Our results show that, in children, H pylori infection may not play a role in AIG. AIG could be associated with vitamin B12 deficiency, iron deficiency, and APCA positivity in children. APCA and gastrin levels should be investigated for the early diagnosis of AIG and intestinal metaplasia.