The bacteria Helicobacter pylori is involved in more than 90% of duodenal ulcers, and up to 80% of gastric cancers.

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria in helical bacillus shape, found in the human gastric epithelium in more than 50% of the global population, but most individuals are asymptomatic. The new infections might be due to direct person-to-person transmission, via either an oral-oral, fecal-oral route or both. Nevertheless, the role of coccoid form of H. pylori as a vehicle of infection from food and water sources should not be discarded

There is significant correlation between the presence of this bacteria in the stomach and certain gastrointestinal diseases, including gastritis, gastroduodenal peptic ulcers, gastric carcinoma and mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphona.

In particular, the presence of H. pylori in the stomach is indicated as a fundamental etiological factor of gastric cancer.


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