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Is the citric acid c-urea breath test effective to test for h. pylori?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Yes: The best tests for h pylori infection are the breath and the fecal testing. These are able to distinguish between active and past infections which the blood antibody testing is not.
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Yes: "the sensitivity and specificity in untreated subjects are very high and range from 90 to 98% and from 92 to 100%, respectively" http://gut.bmj.com/content/45/suppl_1/I18.full but it sounds like it isn't a simple test kit.

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Last updated Aug 20, 2014

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