This shows you the differences between two versions of the page.
glossary:helicobacter_pylori [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
|Line 1:||Line 1:|
|+||Helicobacter pylori: [[Bacteria]] that cause stomach inflammation (gastritis) and ulcers in the stomach. This bacteria is the most common cause of ulcers worldwide. It is often referred to as H. pylori. |
|+||H. pylori [[infection]] is usually acquired from contaminated food and water and through person to person spread. The infection is common in crowded living conditions with poor sanitation. In countries with poor sanitation, 90% of the adult population can be infected. In the U.S., 30% of the adult population is infected. |
|+||One out of six patients with H. pylori infection develops ulcers of the duodenum or the stomach. This bacteria is also believed to be associated with stomach [[cancer]] and a rare type of [[lymph node]] [[tumor]] called [[gastric MALT lymphoma]]. |
|+||Infected persons usually carry the infection indefinitely, unless treated with medications to eradicate the bacteria.|