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A recent endoscopy revealed I have intestinal metaplasia in my stomach. Test for helicobacter pylori turned out negative. What is the probability of my condition becoming dysplasia and eventually gastric cancer?

A recent endoscopy revealed I have intestinal metaplasia in my stomach. Test for helicobacter pylori  turned out negative. What is the probability of my condition becoming dysplasia and eventually gastric cancer?

Probably low: Intestinal metaplasia increases your risk of gastric cancer by 10-fold or more. The actual percentage is not known, but from studies in the uk, can be as high as 11%. Numbers here in the us may be different. Endoscopic surveillance may be useful as it can catch development of dysplasia (a condition which predisposes to cancer) before it becomes full-fledged cancer. (source: asge guidelines). ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Helicobacter pylori causes other health issues, true?

Helicobacter pylori causes other health issues, true?

Unclear question: H pylori may be asymptomatic, may cause gastritis, peptic ulcer and stomach cancer. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/h-pylori-helicobacter-pylori. ...Read more

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Can helicobacter pylori cause inflammation?

Can helicobacter pylori cause inflammation?

Yes: Helicobacter pylori is associated with gastritis (inflammatiion of the stomach lining), stomach ulcers, duodenal ulcers, stomach cancer and malt stomach lymphoma. ...Read more

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Symptoms of helicobacter pylori? And does it cause low white blood cells?

Symptoms of helicobacter pylori? And does it cause low white blood cells?

Not usually in blood: Usually slight elevation of polymorphonucear white cells with the infection which can be reduced with proper therapy for the infection. Sometimes low white blood cell count can be attributed to therapy. ...Read more

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Can a helicobacter pylori infection cause a bad taste in the mouth?

Can a helicobacter pylori infection cause a bad taste in the mouth?

Yes: Some patients say it causes a metallic taste. But most say it changes the taste of some food and then resolves after completing treatment. ...Read more

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Is h pylori (helicobacter pylori) contagious? Is it possible for one person to transmit the bacteria that causes ulcers (helicobacter pylori) to another person?

Is h pylori (helicobacter pylori) contagious? Is it possible for one person to transmit the bacteria that causes ulcers (helicobacter pylori) to another person?

Yes, : Yes, h pylori can be transmitted quite easily from one person to another, although in modern, sanitary conditions, that transmission is much less common than it used to be. ...Read more

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Can helicobacter pylori cause neurological symptoms akin to fatigue blurry vision etc?

Can helicobacter pylori cause neurological symptoms akin to fatigue blurry vision etc?

Not likely.: H. py lori infection is cause of ulcer disease. If your ulcers are severe, this in turn can cause fatigue. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for Helicobacter Pylori ?

What is the best medicine for Helicobacter Pylori ?

Many types: Helicobacter pylori is typically treated for 14 days with dual antibiotics therapy (Amoxicillin + Clarithromycin or Metronidazole + Tetracycline derivatives, and bismuth subsalicylate with proton pump inhibitor (Omeprazole or Lansoprazole Pantaprazole or Esomeprazole). To assess for eradication of Helicobacter pylori infection post treatment, urea breath test is utilized. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Helicobacter Pylori (Definition)

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