Table of Contents
ISRN Gastroenterology
Volume 2011, Article ID 580793, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/580793
Clinical Study

The Prevalence of Giardia Intestinalis in Dyspeptic and Diabetic Patients

1Department of Internal Medicine, Göztepe Training and Research Hospital, Health Ministry, 34862 Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Gastroenterology, Göztepe Training and Research Hospital, Health Ministry, 34862 Istanbul, Turkey
3Department of Infectious Diseases, Health Ministry, Göztepe Training and Research Hospital, 34862 Istanbul, Turkey

Received 11 May 2011; Accepted 9 June 2011

Academic Editor: C.-T. Shun

Copyright © 2011 Gözde Derviş Hakim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background and Aims. We aimed to investigate the prevalence of Giardiasis in patients with dyspepsia and patients with diabetes mellitus. Methods. 400 patients and 100 healthy persons were included in this clinical prospective study. The number of patients in each group was equal, 200 dyspeptic and 200 diabetic, respectively. The antigen of G. lntestinalis was determined in the stool specimens by ELISA method. Results. The frequency of Giardiasis was 7% in dyspeptic and 15% in diabetic patients. There was no positive results in any of the healthy persons. There was a significant difference in prevalence rate of Giardiasis between patients with dyspepsia and diabetes mellitus ( 𝑃 < 0 . 0 5 ). Conclusions. These results revealed that the prevalence of Giardiasis in dyspepsia and with diabetes mellitus was high in our country. This is the first study investigating the prevalence of Giardiasis in diabetic patients. To investigate Giardiasis in diabetic patients, who have dyspepsia or not, may be a good approach for public health.