Urea Breath Test for Detecting H. pylori Infection
The urea breath test is a non-invasive, fast, and extremely accurate (95% sensitivity and specificity) to detect the presence of active H. pylori infection. Peer reviews consistently rank the urea breath test as the best method to detect H. pylori infection for differential diagnosis of peptic ulcer disease and chronic active gastritis. The test is also ideal for monitoring therapeutic outcomes and confirmation of cure.
This simple procedure requires administering a challenge substrate that is a non-radioactive 13C urea, collecting patients’ breath samples, and sending the samples to our lab for measurement of 13C enrichment levels. Test kits can be used in your office or sent home with your patient. A prepaid mailer to return the breath samples to the lab comes with each kit. Upon arrival, tests are analyzed and a report faxed or emailed to you on the same day.