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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 12, Issue 7, Pages 509-512

Helicobacter pylori in South America

Luiz de Paula Castro1 and Luiz Gonzaga Vaz Coelho2

1Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Digestive Surgery Unit, School of Medicine and University Hospital, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2Federal University of Minas Gerais School of Medicine, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Received 12 August 1997; Accepted 8 May 1998

Copyright © 1998 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Helicobacter pylori is the most common chronic bacterial infection in humans. In less developed nations, eg, most South American countries, the prevalence of H pylori infection ranges from 70% to 90% of the population. In these countries there is rapid acquisition of the infection in early life, due to poor sanitation, low standards of living conditions and an increased rate of H pylori infection. The management of H pylori infection in South America is outlined.