H. Pylori Urea Breath Test
Fasting Required: Yes - 1 hour. This includes NO water.

Specimen: Breath

Special Instructions:
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.

Results: 2-3 Business Days

Description:
H. Pylori is known to be a major cause of peptic ulcer disease and is very common, especially in developing countries. It decreases the stomach's ability to produce mucus, making it prone to acid damage and peptic ulcers. H. pylori is also associated with the development of gastric (stomach) cancer.

Methodology
Infra-red Spectrophotometry (IR)

Reference Range(s)
Not detected

Clinical Significance
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.

Alternative Name(s)
Breath Test

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.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.