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Research shows that in the majority of cases Helicobacter pylori is the bacteria responsible for causing stomach ulcers, gastritis and virtually all abdominal ulcers, apart from drug-induced forms. It survives the acidic environment of the stomach and infection can lead to pain and inflammation, which over time can significantly increase the risk of gastric cancer.
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It is recommended that such infections be treated with a combination of proton pump inhibitors and antibiotics to eradicate these bacteria. When H. pylori is eradicated, ulcers heal and don’t reoccur.
It would be wise to consider testing all immediate family members if one member does have H.pylori as it can be found in people who do not have symptoms of stomach ulcers or gastritis. High stress, caffeine, alcohol, aspirin or NSAID intake may increase the incidence of infection.
Symptoms associated with a Helicobacter infection
- Indigestion type pain that occurs 2-3 hours after eating or in the night and is relieved by taking antacids
- Chronic gastritis
- Heart burn
- Coronary heart disease
- Duodenal and gastric ulcers
- Excess acidity or dyspepsia
- Acid reflux
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight loss and decreased appetite
- Upper intestinal bloating
- Family history of gastric cancer
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All sample reports are for representational and educational purposes only. Biomarkers, references ranges, results, and all other data may differ from actual reports. All data included in no way represents an actual patient. Any comparisons of results to actual patients is completely incidental.
Are you looking for a much more comprehensive bacteria stool test? The Pathogen Plus offers a profile including the various different strains of H.pylori along with detection of other pathogens.