Effect of Helicobacter pylori eradication therapy on dyspeptic symptoms in primary care
Objective. The aim was to explore the effect of eradication therapy on dyspeptic symptoms in patients with known peptic ulcer disease (PUD). Method. A total of 164 known dyspeptics and 147 non-dyspeptic attenders at six UK general practices were recruited. The Helisal Rapid Blood test was performed in the practices and eradication therapy left to the preference of the general practitioner. Patients were followed prospectively by a Likert scaled symptom questionnaire and record review. The symptom questionnaire distinguished between patients known to have dyspepsia and those not. Results. There was a statistically significant decrease in dyspeptic symptoms in patients with known PUD who received eradication therapy (n = 43, Z = -2.63, P = 0.009). Conclusions. Eradication of Helicobacter pylori in primary care can lead to a reduction in consumption of H2 receptor antagonists and hence cost savings. This study demonstrates that dyspeptic symptoms also decrease. The questionnaire could be used in further studies to evaluate the effect of management on dyspeptic symptoms in the primary care setting.