Objective: To develop practical guidelines for the treatment of patients with suspected and documented Helicobacter pylori-related gastroduodenal diseases. Methods: A panel of physicians with expertise in H pylori reviewed, critically appraised, and synthesized the literature on assigned topics and presented their overviews to the panel. Consensus was obtained in controversial areas through discussion. Results and Conclusions: The panel recommended testing for H pylori in patients with active ulcers, a history of ulcers, or gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphomas. Young, otherwise healthy patients with ulcerlike dyspepsia and those with a family history or fear of gastric cancer may also undergo H pylori testing. Nonendoscopic methods are preferred for H pylori diagnosis. Dual medication regimens should not be used for therapy; twice-daily triple therapy with a proton pump inhibitor or ranitidine bismuth citrate, clarithromycin, and amoxicillin for 10 to 14 days is an appropriate therapy. Posttreatment assessment of H pylori status using urea breath testing should be considered in patients with a documented history of ulcer disease or with persistent symptoms.
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- Internal Medicine