Unidentified curved bacilli in the stomach of patients with gastritis and peptic ulceration

Lancet. 1984 Jun 16;1(8390):1311-5. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(84)91816-6.


Biopsy specimens were taken from intact areas of antral mucosa in 100 consecutive consenting patients presenting for gastroscopy. Spiral or curved bacilli were demonstrated in specimens from 58 patients. Bacilli cultured from 11 of these biopsies were gram-negative, flagellate, and microaerophilic and appeared to be a new species related to the genus Campylobacter. The bacteria were present in almost all patients with active chronic gastritis, duodenal ulcer, or gastric ulcer and thus may be an important factor in the aetiology of these diseases.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bacteria / isolation & purification*
  • Bacteria / ultrastructure
  • Campylobacter / isolation & purification
  • Campylobacter / ultrastructure
  • Female
  • Gastric Mucosa / microbiology*
  • Gastric Mucosa / ultrastructure
  • Gastritis / microbiology*
  • Gastritis / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Peptic Ulcer / microbiology*
  • Peptic Ulcer / pathology