H. pylori and Myperemesis
Name: Mykalee Y.
I recently read an article that
made a correlation
between H. pylori and hyperemesis (severe morning
think there is just cause for a person with a
history of severe morning
sickness to have a H. pylori test?
There is quite a lot of literature on the possible
correlation of H.pylori infection and morning
sickness. A recent review was published in American
Journal of Perinatology 2000;17(4):207-18 reviewing
the current literature. Quoted from that paper:
"Review of the literature supports that hyperemesis
gravidarum is a multifactorial disease in which
pregnancy-induced hormonal changes associated with
concurrent gastrointestinal dysmotility and possible
Helicobacter pylori infection function as contributing
factors. Therapeutic key elements are mainly
supportive in conjunction with antiemetic medication.
It appears perinatal outcome is unaffected."
Treatment against H. pylori infection involves a
triple antibiotic therapy and has a high success rate.
Your MD should be informed of a pregnancy. If he/she
is not aware of the correlation between Hpylori and
the symptoms, mention that reference.
For more information on H.pylori check out the species
file in the Virtual Museum of Bacteria:
Dr. Trudy Wassenaar
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Update: June 2012