Clinical characterization of Helicobacter pylori infected patients 15 years after unsuccessful eradication
AuthorNestegard, Oddmund; Johnsen, Kay-Martin; Sørbye, Sveinung; Halvorsen, Fred-Arne; Tønnessen, Tor; Paulssen, Eyvind Jakob; Melby, Kjetil K.; Goll, Rasmus; Florholmen, Jon
Material and methods - Patients were selected from routine referrals to the Endoscopy units at three different Norwegian hospitals. In all four cohorts, gastric biopsies were scored according to the Sydney classification, and symptoms according to the Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale score, including sub-scores for upper gastrointestinal symptoms and functional bowel symptoms. Patients in the H. pylori resistant group were treated with a triple therapy regimen that consisted of levofloxacin, amoxicillin and a proton pump inhibitor.
Results - We included 185 patients, 42 H. pylori treatment resistant, 50 newly diagnosed, 61 previously H. pylori eradicated and 32 never infected. The treatment-resistant cohort had higher scores for upper gastrointestinal symptoms and functional bowel symptoms compared to the other groups except for the group being never H. pylori infected. The H. pylori resistant patients had lower Sydney scores than patients with newly diagnosed H. pylori infection. The triple combination showed a high efficacy of 91% to eradicate H. pylori.
Conclusions - Patients with treatment-resistant H. pylori infection had more gastrointestinal symptoms, but a lower Sydney score than patients with newly diagnosed infection. A treatment regimen including levofloxacin showed a high efficacy in eradicating H. pylori in patients that previously had failed eradication treatment.