Published: 23 October 2016
Author(s): Vincenzo Savarino, Pietro Dulbecco, Nicola de Bortoli, Andrea Ottonello, Edoardo Savarino
Issue: October 2016
Section: Review Article

The advent of powerful acid-suppressive drugs, such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), has revolutionized the management of acid-related diseases and has minimized the role of surgery. The major and universally recognized indications for their use are represented by treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux disease, eradication of Helicobacter pylori infection in combination with antibiotics, therapy of H. pylori-negative peptic ulcers, healing and prophylaxis of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug-associated gastric ulcers and control of several acid hypersecretory conditions.

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