Talk:Helicobacter pylori

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 Definition Gram-negative, urease-positive, microaerophilic bacterium that can inhabit various areas of the stomach and duodenum, and is strongly linked to the development of duodenal and gastric ulcers and stomach cancer. [d] [e]

robbins basic pathology, 8 ed

If your library has this pathology textbook, there is a nice section on H. Pylori in the gastrointestinal section. It's made not too hard of a read, but you might need a dictionary handy. Tom Kelly 22:31, 18 March 2008 (CDT)

countering the erradication proposal

I heard that there is a theory that h. pylori may be beneficial.

  • possibly prevents reflux (i think i heard this)
  • possibly keeps stomach more acidic which may be beneficial for fighting pathogens
  • there are other theories why H. pylori might be beneficial, so don't only cite the eradication proposals.

Hope that helps. Tom Kelly 22:34, 18 March 2008 (CDT)

fecal-oral transmission

i think it is still unproven about the exact route of transmission, but I believe the leading theory is fecal-oral... and don't forget to mention a very important risk factor - low socioeconomic class in childhood, since that is when most people acquire the bacteria. Tom Kelly 23:06, 18 March 2008 (CDT)