Gut 31:139-143 doi:10.1136/gut.31.2.139
  • Research Article

Tightly spiral shaped bacteria in the human stomach: another cause of active chronic gastritis?

  1. A Morris,
  2. M R Ali,
  3. L Thomsen,
  4. B Hollis
  1. Department of Microbiology, Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand.


      Tightly spiral shaped Gram negative bacteria were seen in the gastric biopsies obtained from two patients undergoing gastroscopy. Active chronic gastritis was present in both patients and one patient also had gastric ulceration. Attempts to culture the organism by a number of methods were unsuccessful but positive urease results were obtained in both patients. Both patients were treated with colloidal bismuth subcitrate. Biopsies taken after treatment showed resolution of infection and histological gastritis. These results suggest that Helicobacter pylori is not the only organism associated with chronic active gastritis in man.