What is Helicobacter pylori ?
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is the major cause of peptic ulcer. It is associated with as many as 90% of duodenal ulcers and 75% of gastric ulcers. Doctors can diagnose H. pylori infection by endoscopy.
Peptic ulcer can lead to obstruction, bleeding or even perforation resulting in peritonitis.
Instrument and procedure
The procedure can be done under local anesthesia to the throat, or intravenous sedation to minimize patient discomfort
Please call this Centre for an endoscopy appointment, or consult our specialist doctors for more details.
- The endoscope (a thin flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end) is passed through the throat to the stomach and duodenum for closely examining the lining
- We are able to remove a tiny piece of tissue (biopsy) for examination
- If bleeding is detected, hemostasis can be secured by injecting medicine, heat probe or clips
- The patient is usually given intravenous sedation and is monitored closely during the procedure.
- The examination process takes approx. 10 minutes. The procedure will be recorded in a DVD. A report with relevant photos will be explained and given to patient for safe-keeping and reference.