H.Pylori and Ulcers

What is H.Pylori?

Realistic rendering of bacteria - in red colors

H. pylori, also known as Helicobacter pylori, is a bacterial infection in the stomach. H. pylori can spread from person to person or through water or food. For this reason, the infection is more common in developing nations. Left untreated, the bacteria can lead to peptic ulcers, inflammation, and even certain types of stomach cancer.

Some patients do not have any symptos of H.pylori. Others have significant symptoms from this, including nausea, vomitnig, belching, bloating, abdominal pain, weight loss, GI bleeding, and decreased appetite. Some patients develop ulers from h.pylori. Ulcers are open sores in the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.

H.pylori is generally diagnosed on biopsy done during upper endoscopy, which Dr.Ahmed performs to evaluate symptoms. There are also blood, breath, and stool tests for H.pylori.

It is important to treat h.pylori to prevent against development of stomach ulcers and some types of stomach cancer. Treatment for h.pylori includes a course of antiobiotics and acid-suppressing medication. After treatment, you will be asked to do a breath test to confirm that the treatment was successful and the h.pylori is gone.