What is an H. pylori Breath Test?
The H. pylori Breath Test checks for H. pylori, also known as H. pylori, through a breath test.
Why is an H. pylori Breath Test important?
H. pylori is a bacteria that is thought to cause gastritis and gastic ulcers. H. pylori produces carbon dioxide as a by-product of its metabolic processes. The H. pylori Breath Test measures the presence of special forms of carbon dioxide and is highly accurate in detecting H. pylori.
Is any preparation required for the H. pylori Breath Test?
It is recommended that you fast 1 hour before testing and avoid antimicrobials, proton pump inhibitors, and bismuth preparations for 2 weeks prior to testing if possible.
Who cannot get an H. pylori Breath Test?
This 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.