Helicobacter Pylori, also known as H.Pylori, is a bacteria that sometimes infect a person’s stomach leading to various problems. These include inflammation of the stomach (gastritis) and duodenum (duodenitis), ulcers (break in stomach / intestinal lining) and gastrointestinal bleeding (due to ulcer). The bacteria is also associated with a higher risk of gastric cancer.
The following symptoms may be present in patients with Helicobacter Pylori infection:
Endoscopy (Upper GI endoscopy with tissue biopsy) and urea breath test (CUBT) are widely available and useful for diagnosis of Helicobacter Pylori infection. It is recommended that you consult a doctor who will perform full history taking and physical examination before deciding on which test is the most suitable for you.
Yes, the treatment consists of a cocktail of antibiotics and acid suppressants usually for a duration of 2 weeks. Once treatment is completed, your doctor will arrange another test for you to confirm eradication of the bacteria (usually urea breath test). You may also be referred to see a specialist if endoscopy is indicated.
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