Research and treatment of Helicobacter pylori
Your doctor has prescribed a medical test to screen for Helicobacter pylori or you will receive treatment to eliminate this infection. These information leaflets are intended to accompany you and provide you with all useful information. They are complementary to your patient-doctor consultation and are not intended to replace your doctor’s medical advice.
What is H. pylori?
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a common bacterium which infects the inside lining of the stomach. Acquired mainly during childhood, H. pylori can persist for a lifetime if not treated. H. pylor leads to inflammation of the stomach (gastritis) which generally goes unnoticed. It may cause gastrointestinal disorders (discomfort, pain) and overtime may develop into an ulcer, a sore in the lining of the stomach or duodenum. More rarely, H. pylori may develop into gastric cancer.
Treatment to eradicate the bacterium and prevent the occurrence of disease is available.
The document "Screening for Helicobacter pylori" presents the various causes leading to the search for the bacterium as well as the different kinds of tests to diagnose the infection.
The document "Treating Helicobacter pylori" explains the principle and procedure of treatment, its side effects and the necessary control after treatment.