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A Journal on Internal Medicine
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REVIEWS HELICOBACTER PYLORI:THE BACTERIUM OF 2005 NOBEL PRIZE
Minerva Medica 2006 February;97(1):15-8
Transmission of Helicobacter pylori: are there evidences for a fecal-oral route?
Mladenova I. 1, Durazzo M. 2, Pellicano R. 3
1 Department of Epidemiology, Medical Faculty University of Stara Zagora, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
2 Department of Internal Medicine University of Turin, Turin, Italy
3 Department of Gastro-Hepatology Molinette Hospital, Turin, Italy
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection spreads from person-to-person, however the precise mode of transmission (oral-oral, fecal-oral or gastro-gastric) is hitherto not known.
Gaining understanding into the spread of the bacterium might be useful in identifying high-risk populations, especially in areas that have high rates of gastric malignancies or peptic ulcer. In this review, the authors analyze the aspects concerning the plausibility for the fecal-oral route on the basis of the available data.