H. Pylori Testing
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About Our H. Pylori Testing
Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
This blood test is used to aid in the diagnosis of H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori) bacteria infections, and/or to determine the cause of chronic type B gastritis or ulcers of the stomach or duodenum.
This IgG antibody test looks for antibodies that develop as a result of H. Pylori presence that indicate that there is currently an H. Pylori infection or that there was an H. Pylori infection in the past 12-18 months.
H. Pylori bacteria can hide in the protective mucosal lining of the stomach, out of reach from immune cells. This lining protects the stomach from the gastric acids it creates to digest food. H. Pylori can change the stomach's acidity to help ensure the bacteria's own survival. H. Pylori can cause ulcers in the stomach or small intestine, as well as a condition called gastritis in which the inside of the stomach becomes inflamed.