Learning Disabilities Sub Group - Helicobacter Pylori infection in the Learning Disability population: risks and implications for nutritional care

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Helicobacter Pylori (H.Pylori) is a bacterial infection of the gastric mucosa and it is one of the most common infections in the world.

H.Pylori is more prevalent in people with learning disabilities than in the general population. It is estimated that up to 90% of people with a learning disability are infected with H.Pylori.

H.Pylori can cause gastric & duodenal ulcers and gastric cancer. Complications arising from H.Pylori infection can result in iron deficiency anaemia, weight loss, underweight, constipation, vomiting, reduced eating & drinking, digestive discomfort and behaviours that challenge.


Alex Larkin, Highly Specialist Dietitian for Adults with a Learning Disability
South West London & St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

Alex has been a qualified dietitian for more than 10 years and has spent most of her career working in the community setting. Alex has over 7 years experience working as a learning disability specialist dietitian and currently works in both a community learning disability team and a forensic inpatient unit for people with Learning disabilities and autism.

Learning objectives and outcomes

1. Prevalence of H.Pylori infection in the learning disability population.
2. Risk factors for contracting H.Pylori infection.
3. Diagnosis & treatment of H.Pylori infection.

1. Physical & behavioural consequences associated with H.Pylori infection.
2. Nutritional implications associated with H.Pylori infection.
3. Signs & symptoms of H.Pylori infection.

1. Feel more confident in identifying patients who might have H.Pylori infection and requesting diagnostic investigations.


  • Learning Disabilities Sub Group members Free
  • BDA Member £10.00
  • Non Member £25.00
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