Urea Breath Test
It is a non-invasive means to test for the presence of Helicobacter Pylori in your stomach. We use the C13 version of breath test, which does not give out any radiation and is completely harmless.
Why should you have it?
Helicobacter Pylori is a bacterium common in Hong Kong. It is an important cause of peptic ulcers and stomach cancer.
The exact mode of transmission is not entirely clear, but is possible from intimate contacts. Helicobacter infection is commonly found in family members of those known to be having the infection.
Breath test is one of the most accurate ways to detect the presence of H. Pylori. If detected, it can be treated with an effective and safe blend of medicines. Comparing to OGD, Urea breath test gives equally accurate result in terms of Helicobacter detection, while OGD provides additional information such as presence of inflammation or ulcer in the stomach.
How should you prepare for it?
Antibiotics and proton-pump inhibitors may affect the result of Helicobacter testing, and should be avoided for four weeks before the examination.
You should not have any food for four hours prior to the test. Small amount of water may be taken.
What will happen during and after the examination?
You will be given a clear solution to drink. Our staff will then instruct you to breathe into a special bag.
Using a special analyzer, we will be able to tell you whether there is Helicobacter Pylori in your stomach. If it is present, your physician may prescribe a blend of medicines to treat the infection. It is advisable to repeat the test after completing the course to make sure the infection is completely treated.
Family members of known Helicobacter infected patients should consider receiving the test and treatment if found infected, to reduce the chance of further household infection.