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H Pylori Breath Testing

Helicobacter pylori Urea Breath Test, BreathTek™ UBT, Ubit
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Specimen Type: Breath


This test is used to detect the presence of Helicobacter Pylori, a bacterium which is found in the stomach and may contribute to the development of Chronic Gastritis, ulcers, and in some cases Stomach Cancer.  This test requires people to provide a breath sample before and after drinking a solution which will react to the presence of H Pylori bacteria by releasing carbon dioxide. 

Note: This test is for Adults only. The performance characteristics for this test have not been established for individuals younger than 18.

H Pylori is a bacteria commonly found in the stomach. It weakens the stomach's natural protective lining making it more susceptible to damage from gastric acid. This can lead to the development of ulcers and in time, increase the risk of developing stomach cancer. There are several ways to test for H Pylori.

At Request A Test, we offer a wide variety of H Pylori testing to accommodate a variety of testing goals.  An H Pylori IgG Antibody blood test looks for antibodies which the body develops in response to infection. These antibodies will typically be present if a person has had a recent or past infection and may remain detectable 12-18 months after treatment. The H Pylori IgA Antibody blood test looks for a different type of antibody which may not develop in all people. This test can help identify infection in people who only develop IgG antibodies in very low levels. An H Pylori Breath Test can be more effective for people who are determining if their treatment was successful or have had previous H Pylori infections since it does not rely on the presence of antibodies to establish if the bacteria is present. The H Pylori Stool Test looks for the presence of antigens that signal the immune system to fight infections. This test can also be effective in seeing if a person has an infection or to see if their treatment was effective.

The H Pylori Breath test cannot be performed at all lab locations.  Please check to verify if your preferred lab location is able to perform this test.  Turnaround time for this test is typically 3-4 business days.   


Note: This test is for Adults only. The performance characteristics for this test have not been established for individuals younger than 18.

This test requires fasting for one hour prior to testing.  People ordering this test should not take antimicrobials, proton pump inhibitors, or bismuth preparations within two weeks prior to testing.  At the time of testing, people will give a breath sample.  They will then drink a solution provided by a lab attendant and wait about fifteen minutes before giving a second breath sample.   



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