{\it Helicobacter pylori\/}: An infectious consideration when screening patients with complaints of dyspepsia

Laurie C Sanders, Florida International University

Abstract

Historically, abdominal complaints have been generally dealt with palliatively. Seldom were underlying causes given consideration. However, in 1982 (Warren & Marshall, 1983), the identification of the bacterial agent Helicobacter pylori (known hereafter in this paper as H. pylori) as a potential link between gastrointestinal complaints such as gastric and duodenal ulcers, Crohn's Disease, and some forms of gastric cancer has given rise for concern. In 1994, the National Institute for Health recommended that patients with complaints of dyspepsia be studied for the occurrence of H. pylori. This study proposes to study the occurrence of H. pylori in patients who complain with dyspepsia with a relatively non invasive screening technique to be done in an office setting. The study findings were considered signifcant if p $\le$.05. This study indicated that 49% of patients with complaints of dyspepsia were postive for H. pylori infection with p =.000. ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Medicine and Surgery|Health Sciences, Nursing

Recommended Citation

Sanders, Laurie C, "{\it Helicobacter pylori\/}: An infectious consideration when screening patients with complaints of dyspepsia" (1998). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI1388777.
https://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI1388777

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