Helicobacter pylori – or H. pylori is a type of bacteria that causes a chronic infection of the stomach – usually during childhood. A common cause of stomach and duodenal ulcers, H. pylori infection may be present in more than 50% of people – though most people don’t realize they have the infection, because they never get sick from it. If you develop signs and symptoms of a peptic ulcer, your doctor will test you for H. pylori infection with a breath test or upper endoscopy/EGD. H. pylori is a carcinogen and contributes to the development of stomach cancer.
Symptoms of H. pylori infection include:
Conditions associated with H. Pylori include:
Treatment is generally a course of antibiotics followed by a second breath test to ensure the bacteria has been eradicated.
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