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Gastric ulcers are less likely to recur after eradication of H pylori

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 22 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:e

Helicobacter pylori is responsible for the development of most duodenal ulcers and its eradication prevents recurrence. The association of gastric ulcer and H pylori is, however, less well established. On p 565 Axon et al report a multicentre study from Britain and Ireland that unequivocally confirms that eradication of H pylori changes the natural history of gastric ulcer and reduces ulcer recurrence. The authors do, however, caution that vigilance should be maintained to detect potentially curable cancers in patients with gastric ulcer.

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