Updated Pediatric Helicobacter Pylori Guidelines

Joint ESPGHAN/NASPGHAN guidelines (NL Jones et al. JPGN 2017; 64: 991-1003) have been published.  Overall, these guidelines cover a great deal of information.  It is interesting that these guidelines provide some conflicting advice with recommendations for adults.

  • Some recommendations:
    The authors recommend against diagnostic testing H pylori in children with functional abdominal pain
  • The authors recommend against using antibody-based tests from blood, urine, or saliva.
  • The authors recommend noninvasive testing for H pylori when investigating chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
  • First line therapy recommendations if sensitivity is unknown: High-dose PPI-Amoxicillin-Metronidazole for 14 days OR Bismuth-based quadruple therapy (in children less than 8 years, quadruple therapy would be bismuth, PPI, amoxicillin and metronidazole; in older children it is recommended to substitute tetracycline for amoxicillin).  Specific dosing is given in this report (Table 3 and Table 4)
  • The authors recommend assessing for infection eradication at least 4 weeks after completion of therapy

My take: I favor quadruple therapy for most patients (see adult guidelines below) until sensitivities can be more easily obtained.  If you know of a reliable lab to obtain culture sensitivities, please let me know.

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2 thoughts on “Updated Pediatric Helicobacter Pylori Guidelines

  1. I believe these guidelines continue to recommend biopsy proof/assessment when suspected H. pylori (positive breath test or stool), curious how many do this?

    I’ve had some success using this lab for C/S, I think their in your neighborhood: https://drglab.com/

    They have a kit…..just need to keep a few in endo unit.

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