Recurrence of Helicobacter pylori infection in adults with intellectual disability

Authors: Wallace, R. A.; Schluter, P. J.; Webb, P. M.

Source: Internal Medicine Journal, Volume 34, Number 3, March 2004 , pp. 132-133(2)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Although Helicobacter pylori infection is very common among particular groups of adults with intellectual disability, the rate of recurrence (reinfection or recrudescence) is unknown in this population. Thirty-six months after successful treatment of H. pylori, 28 adults with intellectual disability were retested using the faecal antigen test. Six (21%) of 28 patients tested positive, giving an approximate yearly recurrence rate of 7%, a rate considerably higher than that in the general popu¬≠lation (<1%). It is recommended that adults with intellectual disability who have had successful treatment of H. pylori be retested for an interval of 3−5 years after treatment. (Intern Med J 2004; 34: 000−000)

Keywords: Helicobacter pylori; intellectual ­disability; recurrence

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Population Health, University of Queensland,

Publication date: March 1, 2004

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