Helicobacter pylori, Urea Breath Test


Helicobacter pylori is a gram-negative microaerophilic curved bacillus with an affinity for human gastric mucosa. H. pylori has been identified as an important pathogen in the upper GI tract. The casual relationship between H. pylori and chronic active gastritis, duodenal ulcers, and gastric ulcers has been well documented. BreathTek™ UBiT® for H. pylori is a non-invasive, non-radioactive method for detecting urease activity associated with H. pylori infection. It is FDA approved to confirm cure and offers 95.2% sensitivity and 89.7% specificity compared with endoscopic methods.

Helicobacter pylori, Urea Breath Test


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  • Fasting Required: Yes 1 Hour
  • Preferred Specimen: Human Breath
  • Reference Range(s): See Laboratory Report
  • Patient Preparation: Patient should fast one hour before collection of baseline breath sample. Pranactin®-Citric contains a small amount of aspartame sweetener. Test may not be suitable for patients with phenylketonuria whose dietary phenylalanine should be restricted.
  • Turnaround Time: 2 Day
  • Test Code: 14839