Helicobacter Stool Antigen 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
- People who are taking long-term anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, aspirin, etc
- People who have unexplained vitamin B12 or iron deficiency anaemia
- Gnawing or burning abdominal pain, indigestion, weight loss, loss of appetite, bloating, frequent belching, nausea or vomiting
How the test works?
- It uses a small sample of stool to look for evidence of infection. Fasting is not required
What is being measured?
- Prior to this test you should not have taken any antibiotics for at least four weeks. Also, you should not have taken a PPI or H2-receptor antagonist acid-suppressing medicine for at least two weeks.
- 3 working days after receipt of sample