This urea breath test indirectly detects the presence of H pylori-associated urease by measuring CO2 in the patient’s breath. A baseline breath sample is collected before the patient ingests 13C-urea, ie, urea labeled with a naturally occurring, non-radioactive carbon isotope.
• Accurately detect active H. pylori infection using patient breath samples3,4 • Determine whether treatment for an H. pylori infection has been successful4 • Provide cost-e ective testing relative to other diagnostic methods4.
The American Gastroenterological Association’s position statement on the evaluation of dyspepsia states that “H. pylori testing is optimally performed by a C-urea breath test or stool antigen test”. The higher cost of these tests is offset by their accuracy.
Also known as: H pylori; H-pylori; H. pylori antibody test; H. pylori stool antigen test; H. pylori breath test; Urea breath test; CLO test; Rapid urease test (RUT) for H. pylori. Formal name: Helicobacter pylori.