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Routine retesting is necessary

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 25 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1362
  1. T G Reilly,
  2. R P Walt
  1. Clinical research fellow University of Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham B15 2TH
  2. Consultant gastroenterologist Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham B9 5SS

    EDITOR,—The decision whether to retest for Helicobacter pylori after a course of eradication treatment in peptic ulcer disease depends on the likely outcome. If one expects that the organism will nearly always be killed by a course of such treatment and that there will be few other dyspeptic symptoms not due to ulcer, then arguing against routine retesting makes sense. Perminder S Phull and colleagues adopt just such …

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