The urea breath test usually takes about 1.5 hours. If the results are positive, this means that H.pylori is present in the patient's stomach. The degree of infection is measured after calculating the measurements between the pre and post urea testing.
Do any of you, who have tested positive for h pylori, suffer from bad breath as one of your symptoms? I have some digestive issues, but no ulcers that I am aware of. I am going to make an appointment with my doctor and hopefully he will test me for h pylori.
If H. pylori bacteria grow, the culture is positive.
Most urea breath tests now use tagged carbon rather than radioactive carbon. If you are pregnant, the radioactive urea breath test for H. pylori is not usually done, because the radiation could harm your child.