Is a test of cure necessary after completing therapy for Helicobacter pylori?
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Is a test of cure necessary after completing therapy for Helicobacter pylori? Evidence-based answer : A test of cure using a urea breath test is accurate at least 4 weeks after completion of therapy for H pylori infection (SOR: B, cohort studies). However, it is not clear which patients should undergo a test of cure. It may be considered in patients with H pylori–associated ulcer, persistent dyspeptic symptoms after H pylori treatment, current or treated gastric carcinoma or mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma, and in patients living in areas of high antibiotic resistance (SOR: C, expert opinion).
Evidence Based Practice 17(8): E1-E2