Role of Helicobacter pylori infection in gastroduodenal injury and gastric prostaglandin synthesis during long term/low dose aspirin therapy: a prospective placebo-controlled, double-blind randomized trial.Am J Gastroenterol. 2001 Jun; 96(6):1751-7.AJ
Whether gastric infection with Helicobacter pylori increases the risk of gastric mucosal injury during long term/low dose aspirin therapy is unknown. We examined whether H. pylori infection enhances upper GI mucosal damage, assessed endoscopically, in volunteers given low dose aspirin. We studied 61 healthy men and women, 29 with and 32 without active H. pylori infection.
We treated volunteers for 45 days with a placebo or aspirin (either 81 mg every day or 325 mg every 3 days). Gastroduodenal mucosal damage was then assessed by endoscopy, as was gastric histology and ex vivo gastric mucosal prostaglandin E2 and F2alpha synthesis rates.
Erosive disease from low dose aspirin (erosions and/or ulcers) occurred in 50% of H. pylori-infected volunteers and in 16% of their noninfected counterparts (p = 0.02). Aspirin caused a significantly higher average mucosal injury score in the gastric antrum in H. pylori-infected participants than in noninfected subjects (p = 0.03), and two H. pylori-infected subjects developed antral gastric ulcers. Subjects with H. pylori gastritis treated with the placebo had nearly 50% higher gastric mucosal prostaglandin (E2 plus F2alpha) synthesis rates than their noninfected counterparts (108 +/- 6 ng/g/min versus 75 +/- 6 ng/g/min, p < 0.001). Aspirin reduced mucosal prostaglandin synthesis to similar levels in infected and noninfected participants.
Long term/low dose aspirin therapy led to more gastric mucosal damage when H. pylori gastritis was present than when it was absent, despite similar degrees of gastric mucosal prostaglandin depletion.