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What Is the H. Pylori Breath Test?

When was the last time you visited your gastroenterologist? Dr. Myron Goldberg in New York, NY, can help diagnose and treat patients who suffer from a myriad of issues, like Helicobacter pylori, or H. Pylori.

What is H. Pylori?

Helicobacter pylori, a type of bacteria, causes ulcers in the stomach and small intestine and produces urease. This is an enzyme that breaks urea into ammonia and carbon dioxide.

Why Do You Need an H. Pylori Breath Test?

The urea breath test detects H. Pylori in your body. You may also notice the following symptoms:

  • An ache in your abdomen that worsens when your stomach is empty
  • Nausea, loss of appetite, and frequent burping
  • Bloating and unintentional weight loss

What Is the H. Pylori Breath Test? 

The breath test tests for H. Pylori using a tablet containing urea. A person swallows the tablet and the doctor measures the amount of carbon dioxide exhaled to confirm the presence of H. pylori.

How To Prepare for an H. Pylori Breath Test?

  1. You need to tell your New York, NY, doctor if you are:
    • pregnant
    • have a lung or heart condition
    • allergic to any medications
  2. Avoid antibiotics at least four weeks before the test
  3. Do not take any proton pump inhibitors or Pepto-Bismol for at least two weeks before the test
  4. Do not eat or drink for about four hours before the procedure

What Happens After the H. Pylori Breath Test?

After the urea breath test, your breath samples are sent to a lab to be tested. There's no downtime needed and you can go back to your regular diet.

There isn't a long waiting period for test results. You should get them in about two days after the test.

Do you need to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist? If you'd like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldberg at his New York, NY, office, don't hesitate to call (212) 583-2900.

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