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H. Pylori Breath Test

What Is A Helicobacter Pylori Breath Test?

Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori is a bacteria that can infect the stomach or the first part of the small intestine. If left untreated, H. pylori bacteria can cause the inflammation or irritation of the stomach lining or gastric ulcers. It is normal to feel an ache or burning pain in your abdomen that’s worse when your stomach is empty making you feel nauseous, have reflux or even have a loss of appetite. This can result in frequent burping, a bloating feeling, and unintentional weight loss.


How Do You Prepare For An H. Pylori Breath Test?

  1. You should not have taken antibiotics, acid-reducing medications (PPIs or H2 blockers) or bismuth preparations (Pepto Bismol) for 4 weeks prior to the H. Pylori breath test.
  2. Do not eat or drink anything for 1 hour prior to your scheduled appointment.
  3. The test is non-invasive and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

*Phenylketonurics please note: The test solution contains 84mg/ unit dose of phenylalanine.


What Can You Expect During An H. Pylori Breath Test?

The H. Pylori breath test is performed by blowing into a bag, wait for 15 minutes and then blow in another bag. The bags are then sent to a lab for analysis.


What Is The Follow Up For An H. Pylori Breath Test?

Once the lab results come back your doctor will notify you. If the test comes back positive that you do have an H. pylori infection, it can be treated with antibiotics. A month after antibiotic treatment your doctor may repeat a breath test to make sure the infection is not there.


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Dr. Jennifer Bonheur is a board-certified gastroenterologist who loves her work and values her relationships with her patients. As a female gastroenterologist, she strives to connect and treat the patient and not simply the illness. Dr. Bonheur offers specialized care in gastroenterology and therapeutic endoscopy. Together with her staff, she is committed to providing the highest quality medical care in a comfortable, professional and personalized environment. Learn More »