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Helicobacter Pylori Infection

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by Carson-DeWitt R

( H. Pylori Infection)

 

Definition

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria that can infect the stomach and intestines. It can lead to:
Treatment for H. pylori is done with antibiotics and other medication that relieves symptoms.
Gastric Ulcer
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Diagnosis

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Tests may include:
  • Blood tests
  • Stool test
  • Endoscopy—a thin, lighted tube inserted down your throat to look inside your stomach and to take tissue samples for testing
  • Urea breath test—a test that can help detect if there is a current infection
 

Prevention

To reduce your chances of getting h. pylori infection, take these steps:
  • Wash your hands after using the bathroom and before eating or preparing food.
  • Drink water from a safe source.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking increases the chance of getting an ulcer.
 

RESOURCES

The American College of Gastroenterology
http://www.gi.org

American Gastroenterological Association
http://www.gastro.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Ontario Association of Gastroenterology
http://www.gastro.on.ca

 

References


Helicobacter pylori. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/aip/research/hp.html. Accessed April 12, 2011.


Helicobacter pylori infection. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/. Updated April 29, 2013. Accessed May 14, 2013.


Helicobacter pylori and peptic ulcer disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ulcer/keytocure.htm. Updated September 28, 2006. Accessed May 14, 2013.


Travelers health helicobacter pylori. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2012/chapter-3-infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/helicobacter-pylori.htm. Updated July 1, 2011. Accessed May 14, 2013.


Weyermann M, Rothenbacher D, Brenner H. Acquisition of Helicobacter pylori infection in early childhood: independent contributions of infected mothers, fathers, and siblings. Am J Gastroenterol. 2009;104(1):182-189.

 

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