close up of the Helicobacter Pylori bacteria
H. pylori test result accurate?
The purpose of any H. pylori test is to detect an infection
or presence of Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori) bacteria in
your stomach and upper part of your small intestine (duodenum).
It is important to note that if you have never been
treated for an H. pylori infection, then all the
tests we discuss below can be relied upon for an accurate
assessment of a past infection.
Note that that it is virtually impossible to remove H. pylori
from your digestive tract without some form of treatment
so if any tests reveal any trace of H. pylori, then chances
are that there will be a presence of the bacteria in your
Below, we reveal why the most commonly used test produces
very misleading results, even months after
AFTER you have treated this infection successfully.
Unfortunately this misleading information may lead
your physician to prescribe further unnecessary medication
to eradicate bacteria that actually is no longer present!
4 different types of H. pylori tests
- Blood antibody test
A blood test does not 'measure' the bacteria itself - instead
it is a check to see whether your body has made antibodies
to the H. pylori bacteria. If you have antibodies to H.
pylori in your blood, this only means you may be
currently infected, or that you definitely
have been infected in the past.
A Blood Test does
not provide a definitive result
on the actual status of H. pylori.
This is because antibodies remain in the blood
for between 12 to 18 months after the H.pylori
bacterium has been successfully eradicated.
USE an H. pylori Blood test
AFTER you have been treated!
- Urea breath test
A urea breath test checks to see if you have H. pylori bacteria
in your stomach. It involves using a radioactive carbon
atom to detect H. pylori bacteria.
The breath test is not always available and the results
are often inconsistent. This a very expensive test, and
our research has shown that the results are fairly inconsistent.
This has been proved when running a breath test concurrently
with an H. pylori Stool Antigen test on the same patient.
- Stool antigen test
Also known as the HPSA test, this test provides
the most conclusive evidence of the presence of
H. pylori bacteria. The stool antigen test checks to see
if substances that trigger the immune system to fight an
H. pylori infection (H. pylori antigens) are present in
your feces (stool).
Stool antigen testing may be done to help support a diagnosis
of a current H. pylori infection or to determine whether
treatment for an H. pylori infection has been successful.
We recommend this test after you have been treated - it
produces a very accurate result of your H. pylori status.
- Stomach biopsy
A small sample (biopsy) is taken from the lining
of your stomach and small intestine during an endoscopy.
Several different tests may be done on the biopsy sample.
Most of these test produce inconsistent results, and depend
on the testing facility or laboratory used. This has been
proved when running these tests concurrently with a benchmark
on the same patient.
Why H. pylori tests are done...
An H. pylori test is done for one of 2 reasons;
- To determine whether an infection with H. pylori bacteria
may be causing an ulcer or irritation of the stomach lining
- To determine whether treatment for an H. pylori infection
has been successful.
to Prepare for an H. pylori test....
Blood antibody test or stool antigen test
You do not need to do anything before you have a blood antibody
test or stool antigen (HPSA) test.
Stomach biopsy or urea breath test
Do not eat or drink for at least 6 hours before a breath test
or a stomach biopsy. Many medicines may change the results
of this test. Be sure to tell your doctor about all the prescription
and nonprescription medicines you take. Your doctor may recommend
that you stop taking some of your medicines for up to 1 week
before having this test.
- Do not take antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors (such
as Prilosec or Nexium), or medicines containing bismuth
(such as Pepto-Bismol) for 1 to 2 weeks before the test.
- Do not take H2 blockers, such as Pepcid AC, Zantac, Axid,
or Tagamet for 24 hours before the test.
Talk to your health professional about any concerns you have
regarding the need for the test, its risks, how it will be
done, or what the results may mean.
Helicobacter Pylori test results will determine an H. pylori
infection in the stomach and upper part of the small intestine
Different tests - different result times
- Results from the urea breath test or a stool antigen
(HPSA) test are generally available within a few hours.
- Results from a blood antibody test are usually available
within 24 hours.
- Results from biopsy samples obtained by endoscopy usually
available within 48 hours.
- Results from a biopsy sample that is cultured can take
up to 10 days.
Practice for maintaining good health in the future....
After completing any treatment, it is good practice to do
a Colon Cleanse, especially if you haven’t had one done
in the last 12 months. This has no effect in eradicating the
H. pylori bacteria, it simply makes good sense for maintaining
your future good health.
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Sources and references
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