Arch Hellen Med, 30(2), March-April 2013, 220-224
Helicobacter pylori and its relationship with prostatic disease
G. Christopoulos,1 K. Stamatiou2
OBJECTIVE To explore the association of Helicobacter pylori with the most important prostatic diseases.
METHOD A search was made of Medline and PubMed from 1960 to 2010, using the following combined terms: Helicobater pylori, urological diseases, prostate, prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis.
RESULTS There is evidence linking H. pylori infection with prostatic disease, mainly chronic prostatitis, but also secondarily with prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia. Although a hypothetical model relating H. pylori with chronic prostatitis could be supported by documentation, to date no experimental or clinical proof has been reported.
CONCLUSIONS Research is needed in order to reveal any possible association between H. pylori and prostate diseases.
Key words: Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Helicobacter pylori, Prostate, Prostate cancer, Prostatitis, Urological diseases.