*There will be an additional charge for the collection kit
Additional Information:1. Patients should not have taken bismuth/Tritec, antibiotics, proton-pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Prevacid, Aciphex, Protonix and Nexium) or Pepto-Bismol for 2 weeks prior to testing.2. If taking prescription levels of the H2-receptor antagonists (Pepcid, Tagamet, Axid, Zantac) it is suggested to move the low-dose, over the counter strength for 2 weeks prior to testing and not taking the dose on the day of the test.3. Carafate (sucralfate) does not interfere with the test.4. An alternative test for the diagnosis of active Helicobacter pylori infection in patients younger than 18 is the Helicobacter pylori Antigen, Feces.5. Specimens from patients 3 - 17 years old must be accompanied by this information card.
The Helicobacter pylori urea breath test can detect very low levels of Helicobacter pylori and by assessing the entire gastric mucosa, avoids the risk of sampling errors inherent in biopsy-based methods. In the absence of gastric Helicobacter pylori, the (13) C-urea does not produce (13)CO2 in the stomach.
A negative result does not rule out the possibility of Helicobacter pylori infection. If clinical signs are suggestive of Helicobacter pylori infection, retest with a new specimen or by using an alternative method.
A false-postive test may occur due to urease associated with other gastric sprial organisms observed in humans such as Helicobacter heilmannii.
A false-positive test could occur in patients who have achlorhydria.