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Helicobacter pylori

What is H.pylori?

Helicobacter pylori is a spiral shaped bacterium found in the stomach. H. pylori is linked to the development of duodenal ulcers, gastric ulcers and stomach cancer. Ulcers occur when H. pylori penetrates the protective lining of the stomach which allows excess acid to irritate the stomach and duodenal. Even after an ulcer has healed, it often comes back within a year. When H. Pylori is completely eliminated the chances that a duodenal ulcer will return are significantly reduced. Most of those diagnosed with a duodenal ulcer also have H. pylori, but not everyone who has H. pylori will get an ulcer.

An image of the stomach with the H. pylori inside.

Ulcer symptoms:

Iron deficiency anemia has been linked to Helicobactor pylori.

Diagnosis of H. pylori

Diagnosis of an ulcer

Find more information in this video on Preparing for an Upper GI Endoscopy, from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)