[Dyspepsia and Helicobacter pylori infection. A study of a population of workers]

G Ital Med Lav. Jan-Nov 1991;13(1-6):81-4.
[Article in Italian]


We studied 102 workers in a mechanical factory. All subjects were tested by a questionnaire screening dyspeptic symptoms in the last three months, their frequency, absenteeism period, spontaneous drugs intake and a consultant gastroenterologist request. All subjects were tested for specific IgG against Helicobacter pylori with immunoassay Elisa. Dyspepsia was present in 61% of cases. Positivity for Helicobacter pylori infection was in 76%, absenteeism in 82%, consultant request in 21% of dyspeptic workers. Our results suggest, according to literature, the high frequency of Helicobacter pylori infection in dyspeptic patients: furthermore dyspepsia should be considered as an important cause of absenteeism.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / blood
  • Antibody Specificity
  • Dyspepsia / epidemiology*
  • Dyspepsia / immunology
  • Helicobacter Infections / epidemiology*
  • Helicobacter Infections / immunology
  • Helicobacter pylori* / immunology
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / blood
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / immunology
  • Prevalence
  • Railroads
  • Seroepidemiologic Studies


  • Antibodies, Bacterial
  • Immunoglobulin G