Two-thirds of the world’s population have H. pylori infection
What is Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)?
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a gram-negative bacillus that infects the human stomach mucosa and produces diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract such as:1
What is the risk of getting H. pylori infection?
Individuals who are infected with H. pylori never suffer symptoms related to the infection. However, H. pylori is the major cause of peptic ulcer disease and gastritis.2 Infected persons have a 2 to 6 fold increased risk for developing gastric cancer and mucosal-associated lymphoid- type (MALT) lymphoma.3
Who should seek evaluation?
All patients with active peptic ulcer disease (PUD), a past history of PUD (unless previous cure of H. pylori infection has been documented), low-grade (MALT) lymphoma, and a history of endoscopic resection of early gastric cancer (EGC) should be tested for H. pylori infection.4
GenPath offers a comprehensive menu of testing options to detect H. pylori infection:
H. pylori has been identified as the primary cause of gastric cancer
H. pylori infection remains one of the most chronic bacterial infection affecting humans