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Revista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia

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GOMEZ, Martín et al. Helicobacter Pylori Eradication: Survey conducted by the Colombian Association of Gastroenterology. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2015, vol.30, n.1, pp.25-31. ISSN 0120-9957.

The aim of this study is to present the results of an  online survey about strategies and schemes used by members of the Colombian Association of Gastroenterology (ACG - Asociación Colombiana de Gastroenterología) to diagnose and eradicate Helicobacter pylori infections in light of the Maastricht IV/ Florence Consensus Report. Information was prospectively collected between December 2013 and May 2014 through a virtual questionnaire on the official website of the Colombian Association of Gastroenterology (ACG). The survey was answered by 114 physicians, of whom 60 (52%) were internists and gastroenterologists located in major cities. The results show that 61% (n = 71) of respondents adhere to the recommendations of Maastricht for the first line eradication scheme and 66% (n = 76) adhere to the consensus’ recommendations for the second line scheme. Another aspect of the survey that should be highlighted is that, in contrast to the recommendations of Maastricht that monoclonal fecal antigens or the urea breath test be used for assessment of eradication, the diagnostic test favored by 63% (n = 72) of respondents was upper endoscopy plus a biopsy with Giemsa staining. This is probably because of availability and costs in our country. The results of the survey show treatment schemes for eradication of Helicobacter preferred by the professionals who responded, and allow us to evaluate the acceptability of, and adherence to, the recommendations on treatment regimens of the consensus. This includes contrasts such as following up eradication treatment by endoscopy rather than the methods recommended by the consensus

Keywords : Survey; helicobacter pylori; Maastricht IV Consensus.

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