Russian Academy of Science Suggests Helicobacter Pylori May Damage Gallbladder Tissue
I’ve known for some time that H pylori is associated with gallbladder disease. My interest in this association was triggered by the observation that many clients seeking my counsel reported having their gallbladders removed, in addition to having H pylori infections. When I consulted the medical literature, I found a number of studies that appear to support my theory.
A Russian team investigated morphological (structural) changes in gallbladder mucous membrane tissue in people suffering with gallbladder disease, with the aim of ascertaining whether H pylori bacteria were present in the patients’ gallbladders.
The researchers detected the presence of H pylori in the gallbladder mucosal membrane of 68.75% of patients and concluded with the following statement:
It is quite possible that a microbial factor plays a certain part in the development of such morphological changes.
J. V. Valeeva et al. Detection of H. pylori and morphological changes in the gallbladder mucous membrane in gallstone disease. European Helicobacter Study Group. XXIII International Workshop on Helicobacter and Related Bacteria in Chronic Digestive Inflammation and Gastric Cancer. Rotterdam, September 16–18, 2010. P.334.
Dave Hompes’ Comments
H pylori can clearly inhabit the gallbladder, which may be one of the reasons why some people have a hard time eradicating the bacteria.
Whether H pylori infection actually causes structural changes in the gallbladder was not investigated in this study. We always have to be careful not to assume a cause and effect relationship in these situations. Just because H pylori bacteria are present, it doesn’t mean they are causing damage.
However, the fact that H pylori damages the stomach and intestinal lining – sometimes in such a severe manner as to cause ulcers and even cancer – we should definitely assume there is potential for H pylori to cause gallbladder disease, especially when so many H pylori-infected patients seem to have their gallbladders removed.
Other studies presented on the H Pylori Symptoms website as well as my publications explores this issue in depth. H pylori is not the only microbe linked with gallbladder disorders. Other Helicobacter organisms and parasites such as Giardia can cause problems in the gallbladder and its ducts, and the consumption of gluten can also harm these organs.
Low stomach acid levels are associated with H pylori because the bacteria damage the acid-producing cells in the stomach lining. Low stomach acid can create a domino effect that creates gallbladder dysfunction.
All these should need to be considered when folk are struggling with gallbladder problems.
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