Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Stomach pain by H-pylori

My brother has been in trouble with stomach pains recently and we at home were bothered because we had to attend to his sickness. A bacteria called Helicobacter pylori caused that ulcer or stomach pain. It is hard because the pain keeps on recurring every time he eat in full meal. I got to read some articles about this kind of bacteria and it states that Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is the bacteria responsible for most ulcers and many cases of stomach inflammation (chronic gastritis). The bacteria can weaken the protective coating of the stomach, allowing digestive juices to irritate the sensitive stomach lining. Causes, incidence, and risk factors.As many as half of the world's population is infected with H. pylori. Those living in developing countries or crowded, unsanitary conditions are most likely to contract the bacterium, which is passed from person to person. H. pylori only grows in the stomach, and is usually contracted during childhood. Interestingly, many people have this organism in their stomach, but don't get an ulcer or gastritis. Coffee drinking, smoking, and drinking alcohol increase your risk for an ulcer from H. pylori. If you have an ulcer or gastritis, you may have some of the following symptoms: Abdominal pain, Bloating and fullness, Dyspepsia or indigestion, Feeling very hungry 1 to 3 hours after eating Mild nausea (may be relieved by vomiting), Signs and tests - Simple blood, breath, and stool tests can determine if you are infected with H. pylori. If you have symptoms, your doctor will determine if you should have these screening tests.The most accurate way to diagnose H. pylori is through upper endoscopy of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. Because this procedure is invasive, it is generally only done on people suspected to have an ulcer, or who are at high risk for ulcers or other complications from H. pylori, such as stomach cancer. Risk factors include being over 45 or having symptoms such as: Anemia, Difficulty swallowing, Gastrointestinal bleeding, Unexplained weight loss. At this time the pain no longer occurs but the bacteria should be totally eradicated from his system.

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