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what are the tests for helicobacter pylori infection?

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
4 tests: Breath test stool antigen test serum (blood test) biopsy.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Saw a show on tv and they mentioned something called helicobacter pylori infections. What is that?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller answered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Ulcer bug: H. Pylori is a bacterium that can cause ulcers, chronic gastritis and other problems. If not treated, it can cause stomach cancer. Treatment involves antibiotics and other medications in a multi-drug cocktail. The doctors who discovered this bug and its role in stomach disease won the nobel prize for their work.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if you have helicobacter pylori infection?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Problem in stomach: H pylori is a bacterium, found in the human stomach that is implciated as causing gastritis, peptic ulcers and also is associated with gastric cancers and lymphomas. It is the most common chronic bacterial infection in humans, curiously. When found with duodenal ulcers for example, erradication of the organism can prevent ulcer recurrence. See a gastroenterologist!
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for helicobacter pylori infections?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
4 tests: Breath test stool antigen test serum (blood test) biopsy.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for helicobacter pylori infection?

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Combination: Acid suppression meds in combination with antibiotics for 7-14 days. The choice of antibiotics will be determined by your allergy profile and the resistance profiles in your community. The response rate to treatment is not 100%, more like 60-80% so be sure to be tested after treatment to check for cure.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of helicobacter pylori infection?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Any or none: Many people are asymptomatic where as others complain of abdominal pain or nausea.

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