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Helicobacter pylori is bacteria that is found in the gastric and oral mucosa. H. pylori is associated with symptoms such as abdominal cramping, halitosis, heartburn and gastritis and has also been shown to be the leading cause of gastric ulcers.
H. pylori stool testing involves the detection of H. pylori antigens present in human stool samples. The H. pylori antigen test is a non-invasive test that utilizes the patient’s own immune response to confirm the presence of active infection.
The test requires one stool sample in order to be completed. This test can be done as part of a Complete Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA). The practitioner should indicate on the request form if this testing should be done in conjunction with a CDSA.
• 50ml brown lid plastic stool jar
• 1 x Specimen bag
• Padded postage satchel
• If you are currently taking antibiotics, only proceed with this collection two weeks after you have finished the course of the antibiotic therapy.
• Antimicrobials, proton pump inhibitors and bismuth preparations are known to suppress Helicobacter pylori. The stool specimen needs to be collected at least 2 weeks after these medications have been stopped.
• Follow your usual diet prior to collecting the stool sample for testing.
• The stool sample should be collected in the morning; otherwise the first movement of the day.
• Natural laxatives can be used if constipation is problem. This includes herbal and nutritional supplements. Do not use pharmaceutical laxatives as these medication can alter results.