Guidelines on appropriate indications for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6996.57b (Published 01 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:57
  1. Mark H Wilcox,
  2. John G Cunniffe,
  3. Catherine Tremlett
  1. Consultant microbiologist Senior registrar Registrar Clinical Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 2QW

    EDITOR,--A T R Axon and colleagues review the indications for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and discuss the serological diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori infection in patients over 45 with dyspepsia.1 They state that serology tests are available in most hospitals. We believe, however, that such tests are not widely available, and we therefore conducted a telephone survey of 65 British microbiology laboratories serving hospitals with 500 beds or more. We asked whether a routine serology service for H pylori was currently offered, whether serum samples were sent elsewhere if a service was …

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