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What is the breath test for h. Pylori !?!

What is the breath test for h. Pylori !?!

Simple & noninvasive: Check out http://my.Clevelandclinic.Org/services/breath_test/hic_breath_test_for_h_pylori.Aspx for details. Breath test can be used to prove active infection as well as that you've been cured. Blood test can only prove that you've been infected but can't distinguish between active & past infection. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Helicobacter Pylori (Definition)

Helicobacter pylori (or h.Pylori) is a common bacteria which infects the lining of the stomach and can cause ulcers and stomach irritation, among other problems. It is fairly common on the United States and even more common in other parts of the world. It can be diagnosed by blood tests, stool tests, endoscopy, and several other methods. Treatment is a 7-14 ...Read more


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Can the urea breath test for h-pylori cause diahrrea. I had to drink a citrus type drink. Not sure what it had in it.

Can the urea breath test for h-pylori cause diahrrea. I had to drink a citrus type drink. Not sure what it had in it.

Unlikely: For the swallow urea labelled with either radioactive carbon-14 or non-radioactive carbon-13. Subsequently the detection of isotope-labelled carbon dioxide in exhaled breath due to splitting of urea indicates that urease is present in the stomach, and therefore that h. Pylori bacteria are present. This should not produce diarrhea. ...Read more

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Im currently taking mastic gum and dgl. Im planning on doing urea breath test for h pylori in a few weeks. Will these supplements interfere the test?

Best to stop them...: While the data on mastic gum and DGL is limited, and while the American Gastroenterological Association does not endorse them as treatments for H pylori, they can potentially interfere with the test. If the mastic gum kills some but not all of the H pylori, this may result in a "false negative" test. In other words, the test may state you don't have H pylori but in fact you still do. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to take breath test for h. Pylori after 7 day antibiotic treatment? (antibiotics: tetracyline, omeprazole, metronidazole)

How long should I wait to take breath test for h. Pylori after 7 day antibiotic treatment? (antibiotics: tetracyline, omeprazole, metronidazole)

A few weeks: If the antibiotics do not kill all the h pylori, they will reduce their numbers. Having the breath test too soon may give you a false negative result (ie the test will say clear but you aren't). However I am not sure you should use the breath test at all unless there is a really good reason to do so. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between the h. Pylori breath test and the h. Pylori blood test?

Whats the difference between the h. Pylori breath test and the h. Pylori blood test?

Different: The breath test looks for presence of the active infection and presence of the bacteria in your stomach. It can be used to test to see if you are cured after treatment. The blood test checks for an antibody that is produced by your body after being exposed to the bacteria. It, however, will always be present and cannot be checked to see if you cured the infection. ...Read more

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Once someone has progressed to gastric intestinal metaplasia, does a urea breath test still detect H pylori?

Once someone has progressed to gastric intestinal metaplasia, does a urea breath test still detect H pylori?

Yes: The urea breath test is a rapid method to identify infections by Helicobacter pylori,implicated in gastritis, gastric ulcer, and eventual malignancy based upon the ability of H. pylori to convert urea to ammonia and carbon dioxide. The test measures active H. pylori infection. If antibiotics are depressing the amount of H. pylori present, or the stomach conditions are less acidic than normal, the amount of urease present will be lessened. In many untreated cases of malignancy the H.pylori levels are still relatively high with early malignancy, ...Read more