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Laboratory tests for Helicobacter pylori should be more widely available

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:172
  1. Greg Rubin,
  2. Richard Stevens
  1. NoReN research fellow Department of Primary Health Care, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH
  2. General practitioner East Oxford Health Centre, Cowley OX4 1XD

    EDITOR,—The presence of Helicobacter pylori is an increasingly important consideration in the management of patients with dyspepsia. Recent strategies for managing dyspepsia in primary care1 2 and for the use of gastroscopy services3 have incorporated the patient's H pylori status as a specific decision point.

    For general practitioners to be able to implement these new management strategies effectively they require access to diagnostic tests for H pylori, both to identify those patients who are infected and to confirm the success of eradication treatment. …

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