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Can H Pylori Cause Cancer
Does h pylori cause cancer? And is it true it has no symptoms? I feel sick all the time since i've had it 9 months now.
Helicobacter pylori (or h.Pylori) is a common bacteria which infects the lining of the stomach and can cause ulcers and stomach irritation, among other problems. It is fairly common on the United States and even more common in other parts of the world. It can be diagnosed by blood tests, stool tests, endoscopy, and several other methods. Treatment is a 7-14 ...Read more
Diagnosed w h. Pylori on liver, currently on a 3 month meds. If the medication doesn't help will it cause cancer?
Eradication Time: H pylori resides in the stomach. It can cause gastritis, ulcers and with a chronic infection two types of cancers can occur: gastric cancer and malt lymphoma. The best treatment is triple therapy 3 medications consisting of a ppi and two antibiotics given for a total of 14 days to eradicate the bacteria and prevent these long term consequences. ...Read more
When caused by H. pylori, does H. pylori remain once you reach the gastric cancer stage? And if so, can we do a UBT test to detect it?
Sometimes.: H. pylori can cause certain gastric cancers, and a type of lymphoma found in the stomach (MALT lymphoma). It can also decrease the risk for certain cancers. Treating H. pylori is important and recommended if you have a type of cancer associated with it. And yes, a urea breath test (UBT) is the way to test for it. Try this link for more info: http://tinyurl.com/kp92hhc ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Helicobacter is a promoter for carcinoma, making the stomach lining cells multiply much more rapidly and let genetic mutations overgrow. It also brings in the immune cells that keep stomach lymphomas growing; for lymphomas (not carcinomas), elimination the helicobacter can (strangely) eliminate many lymphomas. Other factors too. ...Read more
So in cases of gastric cancer caused by H. pylori, the H. pylori tends to still be present at the cancer stage. And a UBT would test for it.
Not necessarily: Once cancer has developed, H. pylori is sometimes but not always identified. In the process leading to cancer, H. pylori can cause the stomach lining to develop "protective" metaplasia, and H. pylori tend not to be present in metaplasia. Also, even if present, the UBT has limitations in identifying H. pylori if the patient has been treated with antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors, etc ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, it can.: H. Pylori is a type of bacteria that likes to grow on the inside of the stomach. This bacteria causes irritation of the stomach wall lining. The body tries to heal, but a vicious cycle of irritation and healing gets started. Over time, the regenerating stomach lining cells become disorganized in their growth which can (not always) lead to cancer growth. H. Pylori therapy can reduce cancer risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not common: The origin of most stomach cancers seen today are near upper cardio esophageal site. The h pylori is needed since the gastritis and resulting ulcer are healed from bone marrow stem cells migrating to ulcer site. The h pylori toxin induces malignant transformation. It is rare for the inflammatory process to induce Ca without a secondary form of intervention. ...Read more
Can h pylori cause mid back soreness? It feels like a small bruise at times . What are the chances of it being cancer?
If you have an ulcer: The bacteria h. Pylori can, over some years and usually in older prople, lead to gastric lyphoma, or gastric cancer, but far more common is gastritis or peptic ulcer, which can sometimes be felt as mid-back pain. One needs to take rx to cure the h. Pylori and for continued symptoms, consider an upper endoscopy. ...Read more
I treated erosive gastritis caused by H-pylori. Chances of stomach cancer after H-pylori has been eradicated is the same as the general population?
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