Helicobacter heilmannii

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Helicobacter heilmannii

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Helicobacter heilmannii High power Warthin-Starry stain (conganat.uninet.edu)


Definition A gram negative tightly coiled urease producing bacillus that is morphologically distinct from Helicobacter pylori, which can be cultured from about 0.3% of individuals living in developed countries.

It is the most common non-pylori Helicobacter spp and has a 90% homology in the 16s RNA nucleotide sequence with H pylori.

Clinical findings H heilmannii causes mild chronic gastritis, which may be associated with peptic ulceration and, like Helicobacter pylori, is linked to gastric carcinoma. 

Synonym Gastrospirillum hominis 

Reference http://pmj.bmj.com/content/77/906/274.8.full

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