Helicobacter Pylori Antibodies Test

This is a blood test which looks for a germ called Helicobacter pylori. This can also be diagnosed by a breath test or a microscopic examination of a portion (biopsy) of the small bowel. H. pylori is a germ that is found in the cells that line the stomach. It is a risk factor for stomach and small bowel ulcers, long standing inflammation of the lining of the stomach, or even ulcers that may occur in the esophagus (the canal that runs from the mouth to the stomach). This bacterium is also a factor in stomach cancer. The amount of the bacteria is found in about 10% of healthy persons younger than 30 years of age and the amount of the bacteria increases with age. Most persons with these bacteria have no symptoms; however, it is thought that when these bacteria cause ulcers, antibiotic medications can be used to help eliminate or reduce the problem.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

No preparation or fasting is necessary.

NORMAL FINDINGS

Negative (H-pylori bacteria not present)

Ranges for normal findingsmay vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether or not your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.