Helicobacter pylori blood test: Indigestion test
Helicobacter pylori infection is the cause of most stomach and duodenal ulcers and can be confirmed by a blood test. Moreover, H. pylori alterations of the mucosa have been implicated in the development of gastric cancer.
Who is this test for?
- For individuals who suffer from repeated indigestion symptoms,
- For people with past history of gastric ulcer who have not previously been tested,
- For people who are taking, or are about to take, long-term anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, aspirin, etc
- Gnawing or burning abdominal pain, indigestion, weight loss, loss of appetite, bloating, frequent belching, nausea or vomiting
How the test works?
A blood test can detect antibodies to H. pylori. Fasting is not required for this test
What is being measured?
Antibodies to H. pylori.
Skin prick blood sample
Stool antigen test rather than blood test is usually used to check if an infection has cleared following treatment.
2 working days after receipt of sample