Helicobacter Pylori Eradication

A bacteria called Helicobacter Pylori is commnly found in patients who undergo upper GI endoscopy (gastroscopy). If you are told to have the presence of bacteria during gastroscopy, it is important to ask your Gastroenterologist whether you have stomach or small bowel ulcers; if the stomach shows signs of severe inflammation or gastritis (particularly haemorrhagic gastritis); and if you have what is termed “intestinal metaplasia” – a type of cell change in the lining of the stomach, being replaced by the cells that originate from the small bowel.

You should also let your Gastroenterologist know if you have family history of gastric cancers (lymphoma or the other common type adenocarcinoma), as it does influence the decision making process by your gastroenterologist. More likely, by the time that you are referred to see one of our Gastroenterologists, you have been tried on routine (first line) combination of antibiotics, and thus your Gastroenterologist will discuss in detail about “second line” or “third line” treatment options, and the expected rates of successful eradication.

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