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Last Updated: June 18, 2024 @ 9:13 am


Breath Test, H. pylori

  • Breath Sample in One BreathID Kit Post
  • Breath Sample in One BreathID Kit Pre
  • Two Breath Sample in BreathID Kit. Submit Ambient.
Special Handling:
  • Sample must be kept ambient, bags intact, and protected from direct sunlight.

    Patient should have fasted at least one hour before administering the Citrica solution. The patient should not have taken antimicrobials, proton pump inhibitors, or bismuth preparations within two weeks prior to administering the test.
Rejection Criteria:
  • Samples that have not been filled properly.
    Samples that have been frozen.
    Samples that have been refrigerated.
    Samples that have visible punctures.
    Samples that were not protected from direct sunlight.
Stability:Ambient: 2 Week(s); Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable; Incubated: Unacceptable
  • Molecular Correlation Spectrometry
Reported:1-4 Day(s)
CPT Codes:
  • 83013
Interpretive Data:General Reference Range : negative

A negative result does not rule out the possibility of H. pylori infection. If clinical signs are suggestive of H. pylori infection, retest with a new specimen or an alternate method.
Known causes of false-negative results include:
1. Use of antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors, and bismuth preparations during the preceding 2 weeks.
2. Administration of the breath test less than 4 weeks after completion of definitive therapy to eradicate H. pylori.
3. Premature or late collection of post-dose specimen.

Known causes of false-positive results include:
1. Patients with achlorhydria.
2. Rinsing the testing solution in the mouth or not using the straw provided in the kit, which can allow contact with urease-positive bacteria.
3. The presence of other gastric spiral organisms such as Helicobacter heilmanii.
  • 2768 - BREATH H. PYLORI
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