June 26, 2017

H. pylori (Helicobacter Pylori ) Infection

H. pylori (Helicobacter Pylori ) Infection

What is Helicobacter pylori (stomach bacteria)?

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori or, as it is sometimes termed, stomach bacteria) is a spiral shaped bacterium that can cause chronic inflammation of the inner lining of the stomach (gastritis) and in duodenum in humans. This bacterium also is considered a common cause of ulcers worldwide; as many as 90% of people with ulcers are infected with H. pylori. However, many people have these organisms residing in (colonizing) their stomach and upper digestive tract and have few or no symptoms.

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