Helicobacter Pylori (cont.)

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What is the prognosis for H. pylori infections?

Many infections are mild and produce few, if any, symptoms. The prognosis of these infections is excellent. Patients with more serious symptoms that are treated appropriately usually have a good prognosis although up to 20% may have reoccurrence of the infection. Those with ulcers who have effective eradication of their infection heal their ulcers well (with usually minor scarring in the tissue).

Untreated and severe infections have a more guarded prognosis because extensive damage can occur with bleeding, scarring, anemia, and hypotension (low blood pressure) occurring. Some patients with these symptoms will die if not treated quickly.

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Cancer.gov. Helicobacter pylori and Cancer.

Chey, W, Wong, B and the Practice Parameters Committee of the American College of Gastroenterology, American College of Gastroenterology Guideline on the Management of Helicobacter pylori Infection, Amer. J. Gastro, 102:1808-1825, 2007

FDA.gov. FDA approves first Helicobacter pylori breath test for children.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/17/2012

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