Helicobacter pylori: when is treatment now indicated?

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The prevalence of Helicobacter pylori in Western societies has rapidly declined, as reflected by the consistent decline in peptic ulcer disease. Nevertheless, there remains a cohort of the elderly population with a high prevalence of H. pylori infection. While the benefits of H. pylori eradication for H. pylori-associated duodenal ulcer disease is beyond dispute, a number of contentious areas remains. The aim of the present paper is to review the benefits of H. pylori eradication in clinical situations that may confront the non-gastroenterologist. (Intern Med J 2002; 32: 465−469)

Keywords: Helicobacter pylori; duodenal ulcer; gastric cancer; peptic ulcer

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1445-5994.2002.00275.x

Affiliations: Departments of Gastroenterology and General Medicine, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Publication date: September 1, 2002

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