Is a stool test for h. Pylori more accurate than other tests?

Better than blood. H. Pylori is a bacteria that live sin the stomach and is associated w ulcers. The breath test and stool test are very reliable in showing the current presence of disease and if treatment for the disease worked. Blood test show mostly old infections and are not as accurate as the above 2. The most accurate test is a biopsy of the stomach lining with a safe but invasive test called an endoscopy.

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I wanted to test for H pylori and was given a stool test. I read there are breath tests. Why was I not given the breath test? (Seems easier)

Easier 4 you. The breath test costs twice as much as the stool test and the blood test even more. The breath test is newer and may not be available where you were tested but most likely, whoever is paying for your test decided it wasn't worth the extra expense. Read more...
A lot of times the. Type of test offered is dependent on what's available and how much it might cost a patient. Remember you can always ask your doctor if the breath test is a possibility. Read more...

Are the results of h.pylori stool test relevant if one takes PPIs during the test?

It can effect it. The PPI's changes to colonization of H Pylori in the stomach. Thus it is required to take multiple biopsies to make the diagnosis.The diagnosis depends on the biopsy showing the organisms. Read more...

I had h pylori about 5 years ago. I was feeling sick again and my blood antibody tested positive but my stool test was negative. Do I have it?

No. The blood test can be positive for years and can be affected by a number of meds. The stool test is much more accurate and less affected by medications. If the stool test was negative then you likely don't have the infection. Read more...
No. The blood antibody will remain positive in anyone who has had h pylori infection. If the stool test is negative there is no active infection. A negative "breath test" will also confirm that you do not have continued h pylori infection. Read more...

Just finished h pylori antibiotic treatment for 14 days. Now how long to check by a stool test?

2 months. We almost never check a stool test for a test of cure. If you treated it we assume it's eradicated. However, to be on the safe side I would wait 2 months for the antigen to clear. Read more...

Can an H. Pylori stool test be false negative if I was on Nexium (esomeprazole) and Carafate and other ppis for a notable length of time when I gave my sample?

Helicobacter pylori. False-negative results may occur when patients have ingested certain medications (antimicrobials, proton pump inhibitors, bismuth preparations) within the 2 weeks prior to specimen collection. The test may be repeated on a new specimen obtained 2 weeks after stopping treatment with these medications. Positive results are not affected by medication. Read more...