HELICOBACTER PYLORI INFECTION
H. Pylori infection is caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter Pylori.
It specifically infects the stomach and is a common cause of pyloric ulcers.
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What is H. Pylori infection?
H. Pylori infection is caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter Pylori. It specifically infects the stomach and is a common cause of pyloric ulcers. The infection goes unnoticed in many people because they never fall seriously ill from it. It often occurs in children but can also occur in any age group. If left untreated it can cause following complications:
- Inflammation of the lining of stomach
- Stomach cancer/MALT Lymphoma
What are the signs and symptoms of H. Pylori infection?
H.Pylori most of the times goes unnoticed. However, the patients might experience following symptoms and signs:
- Burning sensation or pain in abdomen
- Pain becomes worse on an empty stomach
- Loss of appetite
- Frequent burping
- Unexplained weight loss
- Bloody/black stool
You should seek immediate medical help if you experience any of the following in addition to those mentioned above:
- Persistent and severe abdominal pain
- Blood in stools or black tarry stools
- Bloody or black vomit or coffee-ground colored vomit
How do we diagnose H. Pylori infection?
At NYC GASTROENTEROLOGY AND NUTRITION, we use the best diagnostic techniques to make a reliable and accurate diagnosis of H. Pylori. The process involves:
- A complete medical history of the patient
- Physical examination for any bloating or tenderness
- Blood test to check for antibodies against H. Pylori
- Stool examination
- Urea breadth test
What is the treatment for H. Pylori infection?
Following treatment plan is advised to the patients to completely eradicate the organism:
- Change in diet and lifestyle