Background/Aims: Mucosal adherent bacterial flora in chronic alcoholics was studied and compared to a control group referred for upper endoscopy, mainly for dyspepsia. Methods: 22 alcoholics, admitted to hospital for detoxification, were examined using upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Gastric and duodenal biopsies were taken for tissue pathology, quantitative and qualitative anaerobic and aerobic bacteriological culture and for culture of Helicobacter pylori (antral biopsies). 12 nonalcoholics, admitted for …
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