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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2015, Article ID 706507, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/706507
Clinical Study

Is There Any Advantage of Treating Partners in Helicobacter pylori Eradication?

1Department of Gastroenterology, School of Medicine, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, 53 100 Rize, Turkey
2Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, 53 100 Rize, Turkey
3Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, 53 100 Rize, Turkey

Received 23 November 2014; Accepted 6 March 2015

Academic Editor: Agata Mulak

Copyright © 2015 Halil Rakici et al. 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.

Abstract

Aim. We designed this trial to find answers to the following questions. (1) Does the success rate decrease in a country where HP prevalence is high? (2) Can we provide benefit by simultaneously treating the partners of infected patients? Materials and Methods. The first group consisted of 102 HP-positive patients, and both the patients and their HP-positive partners were treated. The second group consisted of 104 HP-positive patients whose partners were HP-positive but only the patients were treated. The participants in both groups were treated with levofloxacin 500 mg daily, amoxicillin 1 g b.i.d, and lansoprazole 30 mg b.i.d (LAL) for ten days. Results. In the per-protocol analysis, the eradication success rate was found to be 92.2% (94/8) in the first group and 90.4% (94/10) in the second group. No statistically significant difference was found between the two groups (). Conclusions. With regard to the HP eradication rate, no difference was found between treating the HP-positive partners of HP-positive patients simultaneously and not treating them simultaneously. According to these results, we can say that reinfections between partners do not significantly contribute to the failure of eradication.