H. pylori Screen




This test screens for H. pylori, a type of bacteria that can cause digestive issues. Over time, it can cause ulcers and may increase your risk of stomach cancer. Symptoms of infection include bloating, upset stomach, nausea, and fatigue. The BreathTek™ UBiT® is a non-invasive test that uses your breath to detect H. pylori and monitor its treatment. Fasting for 1 hour before test is required.

You might consider testing when experiencing the following:
• Experience persistent or recurrent pain in the stomach area
• Have mild to moderate digestive issues that have not been previously investigated
• Have frequent nausea
• Are persistently bloated or belching often
• Have a burning sensation in your stomach or throat
• Smoke/use tobacco products regularly
• Have discomfort in your stomach/throat when lying down, late at night, or after eating greasy foods
• Are taking an NSAID (aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Celebrex, etc.)
• Have a condition called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
• Have been told you are iron deficient without a cause

Some medication could affect test accuracy – NOTE: the discontinuation of prescribed medication should only be done in consult with your doctor.
• PPIs (Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium, Protonix, etc.)
• Pepto-Bismol
• Antibiotics including treatment for H. pylori

Test should not be ordered if you:
• Are pregnant or breastfeeding
• Have had unexplained weight loss over the past few months
• Experience trouble swallowing
• Have low blood count, called anemia
• Have persistent vomiting
• Have yellowing of the skin, called jaundice
• Have a known allergic reaction to mannitol, citric acid, or aspartame
• Are under the age of 21 or over the age of 60

This test does not require fasting.