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will a stool culture detect h.pylori?

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Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: Culture of the stool will not usually reveal H Pylori - the culture test can be done on biopsy samples from the stomach, especially the part called the antrum.
Dr. Steve Choi
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Stool antigen: Three methods can be used to diagnose H pylori infection: 1. Upper GI tract biopsy, histologic exam, rapid urease testing, culture 2. Urea breath test employing 14C or 13C-urea 3. Stool antigen detection. So not a stool culture per say, but looking for the presence of H. Pylori antigen in the stool.
Dr. Cynthia Archer
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Also Serologic testing for Helicobacter in the blood can be performed which offers the advantage of being very specific and sensitive and inexpensive, but may not distinguish between active infection or prior infection.
Sep 23, 2014

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