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H. pylori tests are used to check for a Helicobacter pylori bacteria infection in the stomach and upper part of the small intestine. H. pylori can cause peptic ulcers. But most people with this type of bacteria in their digestive systems do not get ulcers.
Different tests may be used to check for an H. pylori infection.
H. pylori tests are done to:
A breath sample is collected when you blow into a balloon or blow bubbles into a bottle of liquid. The health professional will:
For this test, you may be asked to collect the stool sample at home. To collect the sample, you need to:
A procedure called endoscopy is used to collect samples of tissue from the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. The tissue samples are tested in a lab to see if they contain H. pylori.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Adaptation Date: 2/24/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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