Seroprevalence of anti-Helicobacter pylori antibodies in population of Sulaimani governorate/Kurdistan Region/Iraq


  • Ahmad Al-Windi Kurdistan Institution for Strategic Studies and Scientific Research, Center for Family, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. & Community Medicine, Stockholm, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge, Sweden. Author
  • Ali Hattem Hussain Department of Community Health, Sulaimani Technical College, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Author
  • Narmin Salih Kurdistan Institution for Strategic Studies and Scientific Research, Center for Family, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Author



Antibodies, Helicobacter Pylori, IgA, IgG, IgM, Seroprevalence


Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is one of the most common chronic bacterial infection in the world. Objective: This study was done to assess the extent of H. pylori infection in Suleimani governorate by noninvasive ELISA technique for quantitative detection of anti-H. pylori IgM, IgG and IgA antibodies in serum. Methods: The study included 335 adult and children volunteers from Chamchamal and Sulaimani cities in Kurdistan region / Iraq. The participants answered a structured questionnaire and a blood sample was taken for serological analysis from each participant. The level of serum antibodies for IgM, IgG and IgA were detected using ELISA technique. Results: In the total sample 20.4% had positive IgM, 32.3% positive IgG and 58.2% positive IgA. Two hundred thirty four (74%) subjects had one or more of the antibodies, 138 subjects (41.1%) had at least one antibody positive (IgM 11 (3.2%), IgG 35 (10.4%), IgA 92 (27.4%). In this study 20% had at least two antibodies positive {IgM 25 (7.4%): IgG 45 (13.4%): IgA 64 (19.1%)}. Conclusions: H. pylori infection is common in population of Sulaimani governorate. IgA anti-H. pylori is the most prevalent antibody of population in Sulaimani governorate. The age group of 20-30 years old has the most seroprevalence of antibodies specific to H. pylori.


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Seroprevalence of anti-Helicobacter pylori antibodies in population of Sulaimani governorate/Kurdistan Region/Iraq. (2013). Journal of Zankoy Sulaimani - Part A, 15(3), 175-185.

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