Helicobacter Pylori And Peptic Ulcer Disease Essay

1743 Words Sep 27th, 2016 7 Pages
Helicobacter pylori is an infection that is closely associated with peptic ulcer disease. It took more than a decade before peptic ulcer disease was accepted as an indication for H. pylori eradication therapy.
Introduction
Helicobacter pylori, more commonly referred to as H. pylori, has infected millions of people around the world. For centuries people living with the disease were misdiagnosed with other gastric illnesses. One of the most common misdiagnoses of the gastro-intestinal issues were peptic ulcers. Peptic ulcers were thought to be either stressed induced, a reaction created after patients ate certain spicy foods, or an over use of non-steroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) which are sold and available over the counter. Most individuals live most of their lives not knowing they have H. pylori and have transferred the bacteria from one person to another allowing the infection to continue for generations. Two researchers, Dr. J. Robin Warren and Dr. Barry J. Marshal, discovered H. pylori and its affliction of more than 10 percent of all adults. The doctors hypothesized what seemed to be a common misdiagnosis in their pathology studies and discovered not only the affliction and infection of H. pylori but treatment. From the very beginning of H. pylori research, it was clear this infection was closely associated with peptic ulcer disease. Nevertheless, it took more than a decade before peptic ulcer disease became generally accepted as an indication for H. pylori…

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