How Do I Get Tested for H. Pylori?

March 26, 2023

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a species of bacteria that can cause an infection in the stomach and is associated with stomach ulcers.

How are people tested for H. pylori?

The preferred test for H. pylori is the breath test. Patients begin this test by breathing into a balloon-like bag. Then they swallow a lemon-flavored solution of water and urea, and breathe into another bag. The lab measures the amount of carbon dioxide in each bag. H. pylori breaks down carbon dioxide; therefore, if there is more carbon dioxide in the second bag, then the bacteria is present.

A blood test is also available. A small amount of blood is taken from a vein in the arm and tested in the lab. Stool specimens may also be used. Patients are instructed to collect a small amount of stool in a small container and turn it in at the lab.

Where can I order an H. pylori breath test?

Many patients can have problems getting timely appointments with doctors. QuickMD now lets you order your own H. pylori breath test online. This test can be done at most LabCorp locations.

Once the results are back, one of our physicians will contact you with the results. If they are abnormal, he or she will discuss the next steps with you.

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