What is the role of the primary care physician in the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection?
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Progress in our knowledge of H. pylori infection has moved on at a relentless pace in basic as well as clinical science. Since H. pylori infection is now known to be the most common cause of chronic gastritis, overwhelming evidence has implicated it as an aetiological factor in a spectrum of gastrointestinal diseases including peptic ulcer, gastric carcinoma and gastric lymphoma1–11. More recently, other non-gastrointestinal diseases, such as coronary heart disease, skin rashes (urticaria) and growth retardation have also been linked with H. pylori infection12. However, these latter associations are still strongly disputed.
KeywordsDuodenal Ulcer Pylorus Infection Peptic Ulcer Disease Pylorus Eradication Atrophic Gastritis
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