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where do i get an h. pylori breath test at?

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Most labs: Most commercial labs offer this test. It must be done fasting 4 hours and you may not have taken acid suppression medication (ppi class - prilosec, nexium, (esomeprazole) etc) or antibiotics for minimum of 2 weeks.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Which patients should be tested for h. Pylori?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Ulcer patient, other: Anyone with a history of ulcer disease;or from an endemic region for stomach cancer , e.g. Japan , chile; positive family history of ulcer or stomach cancer, ;symptoms consistent with possible ulcer disease. Controversy over testing people before chronic Aspirin use-both can cause ulcers, the 2 together, even more so. Anyone with symptoms enough for them to get an upper endoscopy.
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How can you eradicate helicobacter pylori completely?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Antibiotics: There are several antibiotic regimens which, along with acid suppression, have been proven to eradicated h.Pylori with 70-90% success rates.
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A 29-year-old member asked:

What is h. Pylori?

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Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Infection of stomach: H.Pylori is type of bacteria helicobacter pylori that can cause infection in thestomach, together with acid stomach can cause ulcers .Pts are usually asymtomatic.When being treated with ulcers , this bacteria then get tested.It test is positive , pts are treated with two antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor for 7-14 days.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is h pylori deadly?

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Dr. Brian Flyer
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
H pylori: Definitely not. It's a bacteria recognized in the late 1980s that is associated with peptic ulcer disease. What's interesting is that many people may have it and yet have no ulcer disease. So, it's only worth looking for if you are suspecting an ulcer.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Do I have to go into the doctors office to get a h. Pylori breath test?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Or a lab: This test must be ordered by a licensed practitioner.

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