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Malfertheiner P.,Otto Von Guericke University of Magdeburg | Megraud F.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | O'Morain C.A.,Trinity College Dublin | Gisbert J.P.,Hospital Universitario Of La Princesa | And 15 more authors.
Gut | Year: 2016

Important progress has been made in the management of Helicobacter pylori infection and in this fifth edition of the Maastricht Consensus Report, key aspects related to the clinical role of H. pylori were re-evaluated in 2015. In the Maastricht V/Florence Consensus Conference, 43 experts from 24 countries examined new data related to H. pylori in five subdivided workshops: (1) Indications/ Associations, (2) Diagnosis, (3) Treatment, (4) Prevention/Public Health, (5) H. pylori and the Gastric Microbiota. The results of the individual workshops were presented to a final consensus voting that included all participants. Recommendations are provided on the basis of the best available evidence and relevance to the management of H. pylori infection in the various clinical scenarios. © 2016 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd & British Society of Gastroenterology.

Bianchi M.,Gastroenterology and Liver Unit | Festa V.,Gastroenterology and Liver Unit | Moretti A.,Gastroenterology and Liver Unit | Ciaco A.,Gastroenterology and Liver Unit | And 7 more authors.
Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics | Year: 2011

Background Diverticular disease of the colon is a common gastrointestinal disease. Although most patients remain asymptomatic for their whole life, about 20-25% present symptoms related to 'diverticular disease'. Several randomised trials verified efficacy of a poorly absorbed antibiotic, such as rifaximin-α (rifaximin), in soothing symptoms and preventing diverticulitis. Aim To evaluate the long-term efficacy administration of rifaximin plus fibre supplementation vs. fibre supplementation alone, on symptoms and complications, in patient with symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease. Methods Pertinent studies were selected from the Medline, and the Cochrane Library Databases, references from published articles and reviews. Conventional meta-analysis according to DerSimonian and Laird method was used for the pooling of the results. The outcomes were 1- year complete symptom relief, and 1- year complication incidence. The rate difference (RD, with 95% CI) and the Number Needed to Treat (NNT) were used as measure of the therapeutic effect on each outcome. Results Four prospective randomised trials including 1660 patients were selected. The pooled RD for symptom relief was 29.0% (rifaximin vs. control; 95% CI 24.5-33.6%; P < 0.0001; NNT = 3). The pooled RD for complication rate was -1.7% in favour of rifaximin (95% CI -3.2 to -0.1%; P = 0.03; NNT = 59). When considering only acute diverticulitis, the pooled RD in the treatment group was -2% (95% CI -3.4 to -0.6%; P = 0.0057; NNT = 50). Conclusions In symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease, treatment with rifaximin plus fibre supplementation is effective in obtaining symptom relief and preventing complications at 1 year. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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