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

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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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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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Are a Urea Breath Test & a breath test for SIBO the same thing or not?

Are a Urea Breath Test & a breath test for SIBO the same thing or not?

Not the same thing: A Urea Breath Test looks for infection of the stomach by H. pylori bacteria. The urea test detects specially tagged carbon dioxide that is exhaled by the patient after H. pylori digests urea. A SIBO breath test is the Hydrogen Breath Test, which detects hydrogen and methane produced by unwelcome bacteria in the small intestine when the bacteria digest the test substance (lactulose or glucose). ...Read more

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Why hydrogen breath test positive for lactose intolerance?

Why hydrogen breath test positive for lactose intolerance?

See below.: The patient is given lactose after an overnight fast, after which exhaled air samples are collected before and at 30-minute intervals for 3 hours to assess hydrogen gas concentrations. If the concentration increases a lot, it proves the diagnosis. ...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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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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Erosive gastritis. h.pylori blood test positive, breath test positive, stool antigen test negative, biopsy negative. what to do ?

Treat it: The positive H. pylori antibody test is not a reliable indicator of current infection. The gold standard for H. pylori treatment is the gastric biopsy, and this is negative in this patient. However, I am impressed by the positive breath test and erosive gastritis. I would have expected stool antigen to be positive, as it mirrors the breath test. Given the discrepant results, treat the patient. ...Read more

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After completed h.Pylori eradication therapy, is it necessary to retest for h.Pylori igg/ urea breath test to confirm bacteria fully eradicated?

Usually not: The main reasons for re-testing are: 1. Continued symptoms 2. Family history of stomach cancer 3. Personal history of bleeding ulcers otherwise, the success rates with most hp regimens are good enough to assume successful eradication. ...Read more

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

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

Activity vs antibody: The breath test indicates the presence of active urease splitting organisms ( that is h. Pylori ) whereas the blood test detects antibodies to h. Pylori which may not actually be present in the body. Two different tests for two different answers. ...Read more

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Endoscopy Gastric Mucosa Biopsy result Gastritis mild, inactive Complete intestinal metaplasia without dysplasia No H.pylori repeat test in 6 mth why?

To ensue eradication: of H pylori. Repeat testing is needed to check on the effectiveness of the treatment. The findings you described can be attributed to H pylori. It would be important to ensue that the infection has been cleared out. ...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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