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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. 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


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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?

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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My boyfriend was recently diagnosed with helicobacter pylori. What are the chances I have it also. Where do you get it from ?

My boyfriend was recently diagnosed with helicobacter pylori. What are the chances I have it also.  Where do you get it from ?

High; its everywhere: H.Pylori status is checked with the intention of treating the infection to eradication, when found. Some strains of h.Pylori may increase your risk of ulceration as well as of stomach cancer. Diagnostic options: serology (a positive test may not necessarily mean active infection), breath testing, stool testing for h.Pylori antigen, stomach biopsy or clo testing. ...Read more

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Helicobacter pylori test, how to interpret results?

Helicobacter pylori test, how to interpret results?

Helicobacter tests: Rapid tests for h. pylori are based on it's fairly unique enzyme urease, producing ammonia. This can be detected in gas (breath test), or pH-based media testing of tissue samples. The best test is a biopsy, perhaps with direct detection by IHC. The latter method also can find other complications like cancer. Stool antigen tests are also available. Serologic tests only tell if you have ever had it. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more