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Pediatr Pathol Lab Med. 1995 May-Jun;15(3):429-35.

Gastrospirillum hominis-associated chronic active gastritis.

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Department of Pathology, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk 23507, USA.


A 16-year-old Caucasian male presented with nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Endoscopy revealed erythematous antral mucosa with four discrete gastric ulcers. Biopsies showed multiple spiral organisms, 4-6 microns in length, lying in the mucous layer on the surface. The organisms were strongly Giemsa positive and weakly CLOtest positive. They did not stain with Warthin-Starry silver or Gram-Weigert stains. Electron microscopy revealed fragments of Gastrospirillum hominis, with its characteristic spiral shape and length of 4 microns in the plane of section. We believe that this is one of the first reported pediatric cases in North America.

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