H. pylori Breath Test

H. pylori Breath Test

The H. pylori breath test checks for an H. pylori infection using a urea breath test.

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H. pylori Breath Test FAQ

What is an H. pylori breath test?

The H. pylori breath test checks for H. pylori through a breath test.

Why is an H. pylori breath test important?

The H. pylori breath test is highly accurate in detecting H. pylori.

Is any preparation required for the H. pylori breath test?

If possible, it is recommended that you fast 1 hour before testing and avoid antimicrobials, proton pump inhibitors, and bismuth preparations for 2 weeks prior to the urea breath test.

Who cannot get an H. pylori breath test?

The H. pylori urea breath test cannot be performed on patients under age 18 or on phenylketonurics.

What type of specimen will I submit?

This H. pylori Breath Test is a breath test.

Do I need to fast to take this test?

An 8-12 hour fast is recommended before testing.

How long does it take to get test results?

It typically takes 4 business days or less.

Accesa Labs does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All users should consult with a medical provider for specific health concerns.

Last updated on April 12, 2021

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Urea Breath Test - More Information

The H. pylori breath test, also known as a urea breath test and a BreathTek™ UBIT® test, checks for H. pylori infections using the breath.

During this urea breath test, you will breathe into a small collection bag to establish a baseline breath sample. Then, you will drink a special solution and breathe into another collection bag. If you have an H. pylori infection, the bacteria will break down the solution that you drank and special forms of carbon dioxide produced by this process can be measured through the breath testing process. The whole procedure typically takes under thirty minutes. It is recommended that you have not taken antibiotics for two weeks prior to the test. If you have undergone H. pylori eradication therapy, it is recommended that you wait four weeks before getting this test.

This H. pylori breath test demonstrated 95.2% sensitivity and 89.7% specificity when compared with endoscopy. It is FDA approved. Prior to the breath tests, fasting is recommended for one hour. Also, the urea breath test uses a small amount of aspartame sweetener. People who have restrictions on phenylalanine in their diet (e.g. people with phenylketonuria) should not undergo this test.

To get an H. pylori breath test near you, order online and get the breath test done at the Quest Diagnostics lab that you selected. Once your H. pylori breath test lab report is ready, you will be able to download it electronically. As can be seen on the sample H. pylori breath test lab results above, a negative result is typically reported as not detected.

Some people prefer the H. pylori stool test as an alternative to the urea breath test because they cannot perform the breath test or prefer the stool testing process. However, the H. pylori breath test is considered quite reliable.

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