Letters Diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori infection

Author’s reply

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2146 (Published 21 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2146
  1. Barbara Braden, gastroenterologist
  1. 1John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
  1. barbara.braden{at}ouh.nhs.uk

I endorse Sood’s view that we should not always eradicate Helicobacter pylori in asymptomatic patients and should test for it only when indicated.1 2 Potential benefits of eradication should outweigh the risks of adverse events, which include pseudomembranous colitis, allergic reactions, and increased antibiotic resistance.

However, dyspepsia greatly affects quality of …

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