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What’s the h. Pylori breath test?

What’s the h. Pylori breath test?

See below: The test that i think of for breath testing is for helicobacter pylori, which is a bacterial infection of the stomach that can cause gastritis or stomach ulcers. This test is accurate and currently seems to be preferred over blood testing for h. Pylori. There have been some breath testing for intestinal bacterial overgrowth problems, but I do not know if it is performed much anymore. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Helicobacter Pylori (Definition)

H. pylori is a bacterium which commonly infects the mucus layer in the stomach. It can cause chronic inflammation of the lining of the stomach, and over the course of many years can increase the risk of gastric or duodenal ulcer. It can ...Read more


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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

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Is a blood test for H. Pylori reliable?

Is a blood test for H. Pylori reliable?

Yes, initially : The H. Pylori blood test is >90% sensitive and specific for H. Pylori infection in the past. It is best used to diagnose the early/initial stages of infection. The only limitation is that the blood test remains positive for quite a while after successful treatment for H. Pylori, so it should not be used as a marker for eradication. ...Read more

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Does basic blood test (cbc) tests for h pylori bacteria?

Does basic blood test (cbc) tests for h pylori bacteria?

No: A CBC or complete blood count checks white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelet counts. There is a serologic test for h pylori which can be used to screen for infection, but can not be used after treatment as it can remain positive. A stool test, breath test, or biopsy can be used to check for eradication after treatment. ...Read more

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How can a h pylori uerase test work?

Action of the urease: H. Pylori produces urease which is utilized in the breath test. The pt is fed a meal containing radiolabelled urea. The urease breaks down the urea releasing the radiolabel which is then exhaled in the pt breath. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Stool test positive for h pylori after 3 triple courses of antibiotics + ppi. what's next?

Any symptoms?: If you do not have symptoms, nothing needs to be done. 30-70% of the population has H pylori and are asymptomatic. You may consult this site for more info: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2016/infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/helicobacter-pylori For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Where do I get an h. Pylori breath test at?

Where do I get an h. Pylori breath test at?

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. ...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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Will Zantac 150mg cause a false negative H. pylori stool lab result? If so, how long is waiting period before having stool lab for H. Pylori?

Good question: Hi, Thank you for your question. Medication that will reduce the bacteria load can lead to false negative result. PPI, bismuth, Sucralfate and antibiotics can reduce H. pylori load. Zantac DOES NOT affect test result. Don't worry! Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M ...Read more

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Did 3 treatments wth amoxicillin, clarithromycin, metronizadole, tetracycline + PPI for h pylori but stool test is positive. Why? Is there a cure?

Did 3 treatments wth amoxicillin, clarithromycin, metronizadole, tetracycline + PPI for h pylori but stool test is positive. Why? Is there a cure?

We treat patients: Nit lab results, if you are otherwise asymptomatic, disregard those results and don't chase them. H pyliri infection is very common, antibodies can stay in your system forever, ...Read more

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Breath test= positive sibo due to double peak hydrogen counts. Egd = duodenal lymphocytosis. Negative celiac. Should i take xifaxin if only symptoms is gas?

Breath test= positive sibo due to double peak hydrogen counts. Egd = duodenal lymphocytosis. Negative celiac. Should i take xifaxin if only symptoms is gas?

It's Worth a Try: There is very little downside in taking xifaxan, (rifaximin) since it is basically a non-absorbable antibiotic. Duodenal lymphocytosis may be a non-specific finding, and if your only symptom is excessive gas, then trying this relatively safe antibiotic might just work. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w GERD and h. Pylori. Do I take ppi's for fees first and then later treat h. Pylori? Or ca

Diagnosed w GERD and h. Pylori. Do I take ppi's for fees first and then later treat h. Pylori? Or ca

No: I am not sure if i understood the question correct, but you need to on one of the triple therapies for 10-14 days, once you are diagnosed with h.Pylori. The treatment consists of a ppi and 2 antibiotics all together for 10-14 days. ...Read more

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H pylori gastritis showed in EGD. Pain, nausea, treated 3 x with antibiotics. h p. positive. Is L glutamine and probiotic good to fight inflammation?

H pylori gastritis showed in EGD. Pain, nausea, treated 3 x with antibiotics.  h p. positive. Is L glutamine and probiotic good to fight inflammation?

Inflammation: Those products won't eradicate inflammation. Specific treatment with three antibiotics and bismuth for 2 weeks is usually successful in eradicating H.Pylori and ppi medications like nexium or protonix treat inflammation. In my opinion probiotics aren't helpful in treating gastritis. ...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

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I had h.Pylori infx treated w/prevpac, egd confirmed ulcer healed and stool antigen test confirmed h.Pylori eradicated in oct'12. Why symptoms returned?

Some thing else: Pain returning after h.Pylori eradication and ulcer healing could be due to reinfection with h.Pylori, recurrence of ulcer unrelated to h.Pylori, non-ulcer dyspepsia, or pain arising from gallbladder or pancreas. ...Read more