H-Pylori

What is H-pylori (Helicobacter Pylori)?

H-pylori is a specific bacteria found in the stomach that can cause an infection in the stomach that may lead to stomach ulcers.

What causes an H-pylori infection?

It is not clearly understood the exact cause or how the H-pylori bacteria enter and create damage to the stomach.  Because of the bacteria’s shape and movement they weaken the stomach’s protective mucosal lining. This puts the stomach and duodenum (first part of the small intestine) at risk for damaging effects of the stomach’s strong acid. Acid in your stomach helps grind down food for digestion.

What are the symptoms of H- pylori?

Some people have no symptoms.  Others may have some symptoms of a dull, gnawing pain in the stomach, weight loss, loss of appetite, bloating, burping, nausea and vomiting. Please call your doctor if your symptoms get worse.

How is H-pylori diagnosed?

In addition to a medical history and physical exam, testing for H-pylori includes:

How is H-pylori treated?

What is the prognosis for gastritis?

With proper treatment, eliminating the infection and measures to reduce stomach acid are effective. If the infection is still present, ulcers could recur and perhaps stomach cancer can develop. Your doctor will let you know your treatment plan based on your situation.

Please feel free to call (315) 410-7400 with any questions and concerns

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