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Eradication of Helicobacter pylori infection in non-ulcer dyspepsia

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 29 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:311

Commentary did not inform or update general medical community

  1. Derek Gillen, lecturer in medicine and gastroenterology,
  2. Kenneth E L McColl, professor of medicine and gastroenterology
  1. University Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Western Infirmary, Glasgow G11 6NT
  2. University Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Royal Free NHS Trust, London NW3 2QG

    EDITOR—Thomson's commentary on the paper by Dominici et al on familial clustering of Helicobacter pylori was presumably intended to inform and update the general medical community.1 In relation to the eradication of H pylori in non—ulcer dyspepsia he states that, “a recent prospective study strongly suggests that there is no basis for this.”2 For many years, however, this topic has been keenly debated, and it continues to be so. It is therefore unfortunate that he does not mention the Medical Research Councils's dyspepsia trial from Glasgow3 or a study from Ireland.4 Both of these studies show a positive benefit of …

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