Helicobacter Pylori Home Testing Methods
by len king on Nov 15, 2023
- Carbon 13 or Carbon 14 Urea Breath Test: After a patient swallows a Carbon 13 or Carbon 14 urea capsule, if H. pylori is present in the stomach, it will break down the urea and produce gas, and the presence or absence of H. pylori infection will be determined by collecting the exhaled gas. This method is non-invasive, painless, doesn't require a gastroscope, requires only blowing, and is radiation-free.
- Stool test: The presence of H. pylori in feces can be determined by collecting fecal samples, brushing the gastric mucosa under gastroscope and sending the gastric mucosal tissues to the pathology department for laboratory tests. The accuracy of this method is higher compared to the breath test.
- Gold standard method for urease rapid detection of antigen or antibody: this is a convenient and fast method for detecting H. pylori, which can be self-tested at home after purchasing test strips. However, the disadvantages are that the results may be inaccurate due to unstandardized self-testing practices, and it can only detect previous infections.