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H. Pylori Infection

H. Pylori Infection Causes

H. pylori bacteria enter the body through the mouth and pass into the digestive system. The stomach is generally a very hostile environment for many kinds of bacteria. But the H. pylori bacterium is particularly well-adapted for survival in the stomach. It gives out an enzyme that, through a series of biochemical processes, creates a low-acid buffer zone for itself.

H. Pylori Infection Definition

H. pylori infection occurs when a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) thrives in the stomach or the first part of the small intestine.

H. Pylori Infection Diagnosis

The doctor will use a noninvasive test to determine whether an H. pylori infection is present. If a test result is positive, the patient begin an antibiotic-based multiple-drug therapy to eradicate the bacteria.

H. Pylori Infection Symptoms and Signs

The H. pylori bacterium releases toxins that may affect cells in the lining of the stomach or induce inflammation. Researchers are still in the process of investigating and characterizing exactly how these toxins work and how they lead to illnesses. Although most cases of H. pylori infection produce no signs or symptoms, the toxic properties of the bacterium can result to disorders of the stomach or the first part of your small intestine (duodenum). Signs and symptoms linked with H. pylori infection can vary in severity and duration depending on which disorder is present.

H. Pylori Infection Treatment

Antibiotics such as combinations of clarothromycin-amoxicillin, metronidazole-amoxicllin, and metronidazole-tetracycline are mostly prescribed by doctors.

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