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What is Helicobacter pylori

Helicobacter p ylori (or Campylobacter pylori) is a bacterium belonging to the bacillusfamily . Its discovery is not recent; it was in Turin that a university pathologist, Giulio Bizzozero, isolated the characteristic spiral-shaped bacteria in the stomachs of dogs in 1892. The discovery went almost unnoticed at the time; it had to wait almost a century beforeHelicobacter was mentioned again with some interest, thanks to two Australian scientists, Robin Warren and Barry Marshall, who isolated the bacterium again in 1983, winning for their "rediscovery" the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2005.

Why is Helicobacter pylori important?

Since 1989,Helicobacter pylori has been recognized to be the main cause of stomach inflammation that can lead to the appearance of gastric and duodenal ulcers and a form of chronic gastritis that, today, is considered a precancerous lesion, as in a small but concrete percentage of cases it can give rise to stomach cancer, a not infrequently lethal condition.

Early diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori

Early diagnosis makes it possible to quickly institute antibiotic therapy and, if necessary, schedule the other tests needed to eradicate the infection and related complications.

In our brochure on H. pylori you will find all the other information you need on how to perform a rapid and totally noninvasive test, the breath test or "breath test", for diagnosing helicobacter infection. Today, diagnosing a helicobacter pylori infection is as easy as breathing.



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  • Helicobacter Pylori and Stomach Pain - More from Patient.info, one of our favorite sites for educational resources for patients. English.
  • From the specialist staff of Cuccomarino, MD, a brochure with all the information on Helicobacter pylori and breath testing