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Table 2 Patients' baseline characteristics and clinical diagnosis based on endoscopic findings.

From: Mast cell density in gastric biopsies of pediatric age group and its relation to inflammation and presence of Helicobacter pylori

  male (n = 192) female (n = 160) p-value
Age (yr)* 7 ± 3.5 7.3 ± 3.1 NSa
Symptoms (%)    
   Pain before eating 66 (18.7%) 53 (15.1%) NSb
   Pain after eating 60 (17%) 42 (11.9%) NS
   Weight loss 29 (8.2%) 20 (5.7%) NS
   Heart burn 23 (6.6%) 24 (6.8%) NS
   Others 55 (15.6%) 38 (10.7%) NS
History of allergy (%) 34(17.7%) 35 (21.8%) NS
Clinical diagnosis (%)    
Based on Endoscopic Results    
   Normal 85 (24.1%) 75 (21.3%) NS
   Esophagitis 32 (9.1%) 25 (7.1%)  
   Gastritis 37 (10.5%) 30 (8.5%)  
   Duodenitis 3 (0.9%) 3 (0.9%)  
   Gastroesophagitis 35 (9.9%) 27 (7.7%)  
  1. Data is shown as mean ± SD.
  2. aNot significant (NS), student's t test.
  3. bchi square test