- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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