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Med J Aust. 1989 Oct 16;151(8):431-5.

Recurrence of duodenal ulcer and Campylobacter pylori infection after eradication.

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Centre for Digestive Diseases, Five Dock, NSW.


The role of Campylobacter pylori gastritis in dyspepsia could be clarified more readily if reliable eradication therapy were available. Antibiotic monotherapy and combined therapy with an antibiotic agent plus a bismuth compound have yielded poor long-term results. In this study, bismuth-tetracycline-metronidazole triple therapy has been used to eradicate C. pylori infection in 100 consecutive patients who were suffering from either a duodenal ulcer or non-ulcer dyspepsia. Examination of a follow-up endoscopic biopsy at eight weeks after treatment showed an eradication rate of C. pylori of 94%. Of 64 patients whose biopsy samples were free of C. pylori infection at eight weeks and who were available for reassessment, 60 (94%) patients had samples that remained free of C. pylori infection on examination of a repeat endoscopic biopsy at 12-37 months (mean, 19.3 months). It is concluded that "triple chemotherapy" can achieve long-term eradication of C. pylori infection effectively in the majority of treated patients and that the recurrence of duodenal ulcers thus may be diminished.

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