Diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori Infection in Children: Comparison of a Salivary Immunoglobulin G Antibody Test with the [13C]Urea Breath Test


American Society for Microbiology


The prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection in a population-based sample of 477 children (mean age ± standard deviation, 5.8 ± 0.5 years) determined by the [13C]urea breath test ([13C]UBT) was 10.7% (95% confidence interval [CI], 8.1 to 13.8%), and that determined by salivary enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was 11.9% (95% CI, 9.2 to 15.2%). Compared to the [13C]UBT, the sensitivity and specificity of the salivary ELISA were 80.9% (95% CI, 66.3 to 90.4%) and 95.3% (95% CI, 92.7 to 97.1%), respectively.

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