September 28, 20204min560
  1. What is Helicobacter Pylori?

Helicobacter Pylori is a bacteria that infects in the stomach. It is estimated that about half of the world’s population were infected, but most do not cause any symptoms.

  1. What are the complication of Helicobacter Pylori infection?

Most of infected cases doesn’t cause any problem or symptom but some cases could lead to some problem such as: gastritis, gastric ulcer and in severe cases such as upper gastrointestinal bleeding, gastric perforation and stomach cancer.

  1. What are the symptoms of Helicobacter Pylori?

Most people with a Helicobacter Pylori infection doesn’t show symptoms, but some may have symptoms such as:

  • Upper abdominal pain or burning
  • Feeling full and difficult to digest, vomiting
  • Feeling more tired than usual
  • In severe cases, there may be bleeding, black stools and hematemesis

  1. Is there any test for Helicobacter Pylori?

Doctors have many different test to look for helicobacter such as: gastroscopy with biopsy, Breath test, stool antigen test, and serology blood tests.

  1. Should we tested for Helicobacter Pylori?

You should be s for a tested for helicobacter pylori infection if you have any of the symptoms listed above or

  • You have a family member with stomach cancer
  • You used to have gastric ulcer or duodenal ulcers
  • You need to take Aspirin or NSAIDs.
  1. How can we prevent from Helicobacter Pylori infection?

To prevent Helicobacter Pylori, we should adhere to hygiene such as:

  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after leaving the bathroom
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before eating
  • Eat only well-cooked food


Published by: Health.D Cam

Article by: Dr.Oum Sokchhay, Specialist Doctor of Gastrointestinal and Hepatology at Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital

Source: R.H. Hunt, Chair et al, World Gastroenterology Organization, 2010, Helicobacter Pylori in Developing Countries

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