One of the commonest long-term bacterial infections worldwide
Helicobacter pylori (or H.pylori) is one of the commonest long-term bacterial infections worldwide, affecting up to 50-70% of the population in some parts of the world. In Singapore, it has been estimated that 31% of the population has been infected by H.pylori. Fortunately, this infection is becoming less common with improvements in hygiene standards in many parts of the world.
H.pylori can result in gastritis (stomach lining injury), ulcers as well as stomach cancer. In fact, 80% of stomach cancer can be attributed to H.pylori infection. Successful treatment of H.pylori can reduce the risk of stomach cancer. Typical symptoms of H.pylori infection include nausea, gastric discomfort or gastric pain.
Who should be tested for H.pylori?
There are a few test options to diagnose this infection: urea breath test, blood test and gastroscopy. Treatment involves a combination of effective antibiotics and anti-acid medication.
Mount Elizabeth Hospital
Our clinic is located at Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard) within the famed Orchard Road shopping belt. For over 40 years, Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard) has been the leading medical hub in Asia Pacific providing cutting edge medical services to patients in Singapore as well as those from all around the region.