Helicobacter (campylobacter) pylori in gastric brushing cytology

Pamela R. Edmonds, Michael J. Carrozza, Francesca M. Ruggiero, Stephanie A. Calafati, Robert C. Jann

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Helicobacter ( formerly Campylobacter) pylori is frequently associated with chronic gastritis and peptic ulcer and has been implicated as an etiologic agent. Identification of H. pylori is important for specific treatment with antibiotics and bismuth compounds. We studied 27 patients who presented with symptoms of gastritis or peptic ulcer on whom paired gastric biopsies and gastric brushings for cytology had been performed. Biopsies were stained with H & E and Warthin‐Starry or Giemsa for H. pylori. Previously, Papanicolaou‐stained brushings were restained with Giemsa and reviewed blindly by two cytologists. Cytologic examination revealed the characteristic 1‐3 μ curved or spiral gram‐negative bacilli embedded in mucus in 12 of 27 (44%) of cases. Biopsies showed H. pylori in 13 of 27 (48%) of cases. Cytology and histology were concordant in 22 of 27 (81%) of cases. Three cases were positive on biopsy, negative on cytology; two of these were unsatisfactory cytology specimens. Two cases were positive on cytology, negative on biopsy, apparently sampling artifacts. Papanicolaoustained slides were scored for several morphologic parameters; numbers of acute and chronic inflammatory cells and degree of cytologic atypia. None of these were predictive of the presence of H. pylori. We conclude that Giemsa‐stained gastric brushings are a useful complement to gastric biopsies in establishing the diagnosis of H. pylori. Diagn Cytopathol 1992;8:563‐566. © 1992 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-566
Number of pages4
JournalDiagnostic Cytopathology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology


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