Send to

Choose Destination
Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2004 Jun 1;19(11):1181-8.

Long-term effect of Helicobacter pylori eradication on the reversibility of acid secretion in profound hypochlorhydria.

Author information

Division of Gastroenterology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan.



Although profound hypochlorhydria is considered to be an important risk factor for development of gastric cancer, long-term effect of Helicobacter pylori eradication on its reversibility remains uncertain.


To clarify the change in acid secretion after eradication in a long-term follow-up over 5 years in patients with profound hypochlorhydria.


Twenty-three H. pylori-positive patients with hypochlorhydria (<0.6 mmol/10 min) were enrolled prospectively. Assessment of gastrin-stimulated acid output and histologic evaluation of biopsy specimens were performed prior to, and 1, 7 months after eradication. Subsequently, gastric acid secretion was assessed for long-term period over 5 years after eradication in 12 patients.


Gastric acid secretion was reversed to normal range in nine of 23 patients (39%) at 7 months after eradication. In the long-term follow-up, gradual and significant recovery in gastric acid secretion was observed up to 2 years post-therapy. However, there was no additional increase during the last 3 years of 5-year follow-up period, leaving the acid secretory levels subnormal in the majority of the patients.


This long-term follow-up study suggests that the pathologic process has already progressed to an irreversible stage in the majority of H. pylori-positive patients with marked body atrophy and profound hypochlorhydria.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wiley
Loading ...
Support Center