H. pylori or Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium found in the stomachs of millions of people, In many cases, it may not create any noticeable problems, while in others, a variety of painful symptoms, such as frequent or persistent abdominal pain, excessive gas, or severe indigestion, may develop. Researchers in the last two decades have identified many cases of ulcers which were caused or exacerbated by the presence of H. pylori bacteria. Once the H.pylori bacterium is accurately diagnosed as a contributing factor, the patient may undergo treatment using a regimen of antibiotics prescribed by his/her physician to eradicate the bacteria from the stomach.
Urea Breath Test for H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori)
The breath test to identify the presence/absence of active H. pylori bacteria is very simple. Following a period of fasting, the patient ingests a small tablet that contains C14 urea. If gastric unease from H. pylori is present, urea is split to form carbon dioxide and ammonia. The patient provides a breath sample by exhaling into a balloon-like bag. The bag is then mailed to our laboratory in the postage-paid box. When the sample arrives in our laboratory, our technicians will analyze it within two business days. We will fax the results to the physician within one business day of the analysis, and mail a hard copy to the physician's office within five business days.
Only your healthcare provider can order the test.