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H. Pylori Infection Leads to Much Quicker GERD Relapse

People infected with helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria are likely to suffer a relapse of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) much more quickly than those in whom H. pylori has been eradicated, according to a Swiss study.

Half of all Americans over age 60 carry H. pylori bacteria, and while some develop peptic ulcers, most do not. But the bacteria is believed present in a majority of sufferers of GERD.

The study by the University Hospital in Zurich was aimed at determining whether eradication of H. pylori in GERD patients as part of their treatment for recurring heartburn would prolong the symptom-free interval in patients.

In their study of 70 patients with GERD, the researchers gave all patients lansoprazole for 10 weeks. Patients infected with H. pylori received either an antibiotic or a placebo for the first 10 days. All patients were then tracked for six months for GERD symptoms.

Reporting in The Lancet, the researchers said GERD symptoms returned in H. pylori positive patients in about half the time (54 days) of patients in whom the H. pylori bacteria had been eradicated (100 days), while the control group that had been H. pylori free from the start remained free of GERD symptoms the longest (110 days).

"H. pylori infection positively affects the relapse rate of GERD," the researchers concluded. "Eradication of H. pylori could, therefore, help to prolong disease-free interval in patients with GERD."

Source: Medical Week staff, week of July 8, 2001

 

 

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