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how do i tell kids grandma has helicobacter pylori infections? what do they need to know?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Treatable: Tell them this can cause ulcers in the upper gastrointestinal tract and predispose to cancer, but is treatable and curable and they will not likely get it from grandma.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
How old r kids?: If little kids, don't need to know much. H pylori is common, (couple billion people in the world have it); can cause infl of stomach, duodenum, ulcers, associated with stomach cancer, lymphoma. Can be treated with a variety of regimens including antibiotics, and antiulcer meds. Don't know transmission exactly: food, water, other people.

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