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H. Pylori Bacteria Adds to Damage Aspirin Can Cause to Stomach Lining

The damaging effects of aspirin on the stomach lining are further aggrevated in the presence of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, another cause of ulcers, according to researchers from the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan.

Researchers used gerbils to see how aspirin and H. pylori interact with each other in causing damage to the stomach lining. They gave aspirin to gerbils infected with H. pylori and also to uninfected gerbils.

The infected gerbils had more widespread areas of tissue erosion and bleeding than the gerbils that were not infected, according to the study published in the journal Gut.

Researchers concluded that infection with H. pylori worsens aspirin-caused ulcers.

Source: Medical Week staff, week of June 9, 2002




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