• Screening for Peptic Ulcer Disease

    The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
    At this time there are no screening tests or screening guidelines for peptic ulcers, though because of the relationship between peptic ulcers and the bacteria “H. pylori,” screening for the latter might prove possible. Some data supports screening for bacterial infection, but not specifically for peptic ulcer disease.

    References

    American College of Gastroenterology website. Available at: http://www.acg.gi.org/ . Accessed March 3, 2006.

    Cecil RL, Goldman L, Bennett JC. Cecil Textbook of Medicine . 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Company; 2000.

    Meurer LN, Bower DJ. Management of helicobacter pylori infection. Am Fam Physician [online]. Apr 2002;65(7). Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020401/1327.html.

    National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. Available at:. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ . Accessed March 3, 2006.

    Ford AC, Forman D, Bailey AG, Axon AT, Moayyedi P. A community screening program for Helicobacter pylori saves money: 10-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial. Gastroenterology. 2005;129(6):1910-1977.

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