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Treatment of H. pylori Infection: A Review

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Abstract:

Helicobacter pylori infection has been indicated as the main pathogenic factor in the development of chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, and gastric malignancies. Although the vast majority of infected subjects do not carry but a mild, asymptomatic gastritis, still there are some cases in which the eradication of the infection appears mandatory. This review addresses current anti-Helicobacter regimens and pharmacological resources, and highlights the pros and cons of each of them, according to the most recent and reliable clinical trials. Also, basic recommendations are given, regarding treatment choice in the event of the failure of a first or second line eradicating strategy, and about the implementation of standard regimens with newer antibacterial devices as probiotics.

Keywords: H. pylori Infection; anti-Helicobacter regimens; asymptomatic gastritis; pathogenic factor

Document Type: Review Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/0929867053363027

Affiliations: Professor of Internal Medicine, Catholic University of Rome, Largo A Gemelli 8, 00168 Rome, Italy.

Publication date: February 1, 2005

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  • Current Medicinal Chemistry covers all the latest and outstanding developments in medicinal chemistry and rational drug design. Each issue contains a series of timely in-depth reviews written by leaders in the field covering a range of the current topics in medicinal chemistry. Current Medicinal Chemistry is an essential journal for every medicinal chemist who wishes to be kept informed and up-to-date with the latest and most important developments.
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