Helicobacter pylori


Helicobacter pylori is a very common bacteria that is present in up to half of the population. The bacteria causes irritation to the stomach and duodenum that can result in inflammation and ulcers. It may be one of the causes of abdominal pain or bleeding. It is known that Helicobacter is associated with cancer (lymphoma of the stomach). We will discuss with you whether you should have testing and treatment as most patients with Helicobacter have no symptoms.

Reasons to test for Helicobacter may include:

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Indigestion
  • Bleeding or low blood count
  • Family history of stomach cancer
  • There are several ways to test for Helicobacter. We will discuss with you during consultation the tests and treatment that are the most appropriate for you.