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Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) UREA Breath Test

The urea breath test can be used to aid in the diagnosis of H pylori infection. The test can also be used to assess therapy when it is administered more than a month after completion of therapy.
Sample Report

Test Code: 180836

Also Known As: Urea Breath Test; BreathTek UBT; Ubit; UBiT

Methodology: IR (infrared) spectroscopy to assess the presence of 13CO2

Preparation: Fasting for 1 hour required. Should not take antimicrobials, proton pump inhibitors, or bismuth preparations within two weeks prior to testing. Check with physician before stopping any medications.

Test Results: 3-4 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Sample Report

Test Code: 14839

Also Known As: BreathTek UBT; Ubit; Urea Breath Test; UBiT

Methodology: Infra-red Spectrophotometry (IR)

Preparation: Fasting for 1 hour required. Should not take antimicrobials, proton pump inhibitors, or bismuth preparations within two weeks prior to testing. Check with physician before stopping any medications.

Test Results: 3-4 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

Helicobacter phylori Urea Breath Test looks for the presence of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) in the stomach. H. pylori causes inflammation, ulcers, and atrophy of the stomach. The test also may be used to demonstrate that H. pylori has been eliminated by treatment with antibiotics.

The present standard of care includes testing for and treatment of Helicobacter pylori in patients with documented ulcer disease or recurrent dyspepsia. Although serologic assays have been widely used for the diagnosis of H pylori, the increasing availability of direct tests in the form of stool antigen and urea breath test provide diagnostic alternatives with higher positive predictive values. Use of direct tests leads to a reduction in unnecessary treatment which is important because of the continuing concern regarding antimicrobial treatment and emergence of antibiotic resistance. These tests each have the added feature of being able to be used as a test of cure when administered a month or more after completion of erradication therapy.

 

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