Helicobacter is currently considered as a factor of chronic inflammation of the stomach: helicobacteriosis, which enables the development of gastritis, peptic ulcer and gastric tumors. The World Health Organization defines helicobacter as a group I carcinogen. This means that the impact
helicobacter on the incidence of tumors in the stomach and duodenum has been proven. Helicobacter is capable of living in the stomach for a long time, are resistant to aggressive factors in the stomach and can change its acidity. An infected person is a source of helicobacter.
Actively multiplying, the microorganism excretes a number of enzymes that have a damaging effect, promote the secretion of hydrochloric acid and lead to a reduction of the protective properties of the mucous membrane. Helicobacter pylori infection can cause inflammation of various parts of the stomach and duodenum. Moreover, an increase in the number of helicobacter in gastric juices suppresses the immune system.
Symptoms may not appear immediately. Helicobacter becomes active at a time of weakness of the body and during failure of the reactions of the immune system. Stress, a change in diet or acute infections exacerbate disease. The patient is troubled by belching, abdominal pain, a burning sensation and nausea. These unpleasant and painful sensations are caused by the increased acidity of gastric juices, which is a consequence of helicobacter.
Gastric mucous membranes are inflamed, and erosion and ulceration may appear on the surface.
Testing for helicobacter infection is required if:
• you have chronic gastritis, a gastric or duodenal ulcer, which you cannot recover from, and you have not had tests for helicobacter pylori (check this with your doctor);
• a member of your family has helicobacter;
• you have “strange” stomach pain, heartburn, or heaviness in the stomac.
High diagnostic accuracy is achieved by combining various methods:
• a blood test. Identification of helicobacter antibodies. They indicate an infection, but the test may be a false negative in the case of recent infection and false-positive after successful treatment;
• fiberoptic gastroduodenoscopy. During the examination of the stomach, an endoscopy, a tiny piece of the gastric mucous membrane is taken (biopsy). It can be examined under a microscope to detect helicobacter.
• breath test: based on a biochemical method for indicating of helicobacter due to urease activity.
The program should be applied in the event of presence of
helicobacter with a gastric or duodenal ulcer, gastritis and gastroduodenitis:
daily, once a day for two weeks.
The drainage program must be used to remove intoxication.
Depending on the severity of the intoxication syndrome, the program can be used 1-2 times per day. A prerequisite for carrying out treatment is to drink plenty of clean, a non-carbonated and unboiled water, equivalent to not less than 30 ml. per kilogram body weight per day.
The criteria for recovery is:
• The disappearance of clinical symptoms,
• The absence of helicobacter in fiberoptic gastroduodenoscopy,
• A negative breath test.
• If laboratory findings confirm the presence of infection, it is recommended to repeat the treatment.