What is included in patient educations about Helicobacter pylori (Hp) infection?

Updated: Nov 16, 2018
  • Author: Mutaz I Sultan, MBChB, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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  • At present, the nature of transmission of H pylori infection is not fully understood. Therefore, the ability to implement appropriate infection control or preventive measures is limited.

  • The theory that H pylori requires person-to-person transmission, supported by data from epidemiologic studies, may prove instrumental in promoting policies that improve living conditions and sanitation and to reduce crowding.

  • The true effect of educational efforts to reduce H pylori transmission in the patient's family (eg, teaching children about appropriate hygiene and toilet practices) is unknown. However, such efforts may be a part of a common-sense approach to reducing transmission of all pathogens infecting the GI tract.

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