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27 February 2007

Bad breath, bad sign

Persistent bad breath could be a symptom of a bacterium linked to ulcers and stomach cancer.

Persistent bad breath could be a symptom of a bacterium linked to ulcers and stomach cancer.

Halitosis: a valid indication?
Researchers now hope that halitosis “may be a valid indication” that a person has H. pylori infection. Halitosis could act as an early-warning signal, which will help doctors to speedily prescribe drugs to eliminate the bacterium.

The Turkish team set out to measure the frequency of halitosis before and after eradication therapy for the bacterium.

Bad breath is third on the list
The study consisted of 148 people with dyspepsia – a type of indigestion – and halitosis. Participants all received a treatment to kill off the bug. Four weeks later their symptoms were assessed again.

Possible link
Many other gastroenterologists have never considered the possible link between halitosis and gut infection, because bad breath is a subjective thing, everyone’s breath smells to a certain extent at some time or another.


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