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Laboratory medicine in ulcer disease.

By Mario Plebani, F Vianello and Francesco DI MARIO


The role of laboratory medicine in ulcer disease is poorly defined. However there is increasing evidence of the clinical usefulness of some laboratory tests that investigate secretory functions and defensive properties of the stomach, gastrointestinal hormones and Helicobacter pylori infection. These tests may modify the clinical management of patients with peptic ulcer by identifying H. pylori positive subjects, patients with high acid output, patients who do not respond to antisecretory therapy, and patients with high gastrin levels in whom Zollinger-Ellison syndrome may be suspected. Here we review the clinical value of laboratory tests in ulcer disease, particularly as concerns the cost/benefit ratio. The relative merits of these tests are described giving an indication of their possible role in the diagnostic algorhythm

Publisher: 'Elsevier BV'
Year: 1994
DOI identifier: 10.1016/0009-9120(94)90048-5
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