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Advanced Non-Cardia Gastric Cancer and Helicobacter pylori Infection in Vietnam


Advanced Non-Cardia Gastric Cancer and Helicobacter pylori Infection in Vietnam

Tran Thanh Binh et al. Gut Pathog.


Background: The incidence of gastric cancer in the Northern city, Hanoi is higher than in the Southern city, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. We previously reported that Helicobacter pylori vacA m1 genotype might be responsible for the difference between the two cities, however, the study only included non-cancer patients. The aim of this study is to investigate the non-cardia gastric cancer characteristics and the role of H. pylori virulence on different non-cardia gastric cancer incidence between two cities in Vietnam.

Methods and results: We recruited 282 non-cardia gastric cancer patients that had undergone gastroscopy in two cities, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, Vietnam. Characteristics of non-cardia gastric cancer were late age of onset (mean age, 62.5 years), predominance in males (ratio of males/females; 3.9:1), diffuse type (55.3%), and high prevalence of H. pylori infection (79.4%). H. pylori infection and the vacA m1 genotype conferred an increased risk for GC (OR, 2.02; 95% CI 1.4-3.0; P = 0.0003 and OR, 2.7; 95% CI 1.5-4.7; P = 0.001, respectively). Interestingly, the presence of vacA m1 genotype in the gastric cancer group was significantly higher than that in the non-cancer group (68.8% vs 44.9%, P = 0.001) and the significant tendency still observed in Ho Chi Minh (67.6% vs 31.9%, P < 0.0001).

Conclusion: We first describe the characteristics of non-cardia gastric cancer in Vietnam. Helicobacter pylori infection was associated with the development of non-cardia GC. vacA m1 genotype might contribute to incidence differences between the two cities.

Keywords: Diffuse type; Gastric cancer; Helicobacter pylori; Intestinal type; Virulence factor; vacA.

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