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Helicobacter Pylori Infection
(H. Pylori Infection)
Pronounced: hel-lick-o-back-ter pie-lor-ee in-fek-shun
by Marjorie Montemayor-Quellenberg, MA
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria that can infect the stomach and intestines. It can lead to:
This condition occurs when an infected person passes the bacteria to someone else. The bacteria are spread through:
Risk Factors TOP
Factors that may increase your chances of H. pylori infection include being in:
In most cases, there are not any symptoms. However if someone develops an ulcer or gastritis, symptoms may include:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Tests may include:
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Your doctor may recommend:
American College of Gastroenterology
American Gastroenterological Association
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
Canadian Digestive Health Foundation
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Last reviewed April 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD
Last Updated: 9/22/2014
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