Helicobacter pylori Antibodies Test
(H. pylori)

Alternate Names

  • Campylobacter pylori
  • Anti-helicobacter pylori Immunoglobulin G (IgG) Antibody
  • H. pylori Antigen Test
  • H. pylori Breath Test
  • Campylobacter-like organism (CLO) Test
  • Rapid Urease Test (RUT) for H. pylori

Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that is normally found in the stomach, and its presence usually causes no problems. High levels of these bacteria results in the development of ulcers in the stomach or intestine (duodenum), and can lead to stomach cancer. There are many methods used to diagnose the presence of H. pylori bacteria; the most accurate test is a tissue biopsy taken from the lining of the stomach. New blood tests have been developed which detect antibodies against the bacteria, and levels can be used to diagnose the specific phase of illness. Blood tests are less invasive than biopsy or tissue cultures, and test results are available much more quickly. H. pylori infection is very effectively treated with antibiotics, antacids, and bismuth (Pepto-Bismol).


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