Doctor's Notes on H. pylori Infection (Helicobacter Pylori)
Most people with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterial infections have no symptoms. For those individuals that do have symptoms, they may have one or more the following:
- upper abdominal burning pain,
- appetite loss,
- Black, tarry stools,
- vomiting, and
- possibly blood in the G.I. tract.
People who do have symptoms and are infected with H. pylori usually have gastritis and/or ulcers.
The cause of H. pylori is probably its transmission from person to person although the exact transmission mode is not known. However, researchers find most people become infected as children, and they speculate, get the organism by saliva and/or fecal contamination during childhood.
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