Features of BreathTek® UBT for H. pylori

BreathTek UBT is:

  • Convenient — Can be done in your doctor’s office or at a lab
  • Easy — Simple to do, no invasive procedures, no messy collection cups, no painful needles
  • Fast — The entire test process takes about 20 minutes

There are other testing options available to diagnose and confirm the cure of an H. pylori infection. BreathTek UBT and stool tests both diagnose active infections in the stomach, while a blood test can only identify antibodies that could be from an active or previous infection. The 2 charts below highlight the differences between each test’s ability to accurately diagnose an infection.

Testing options for diagnosing an H. pylori infection in adults

Testing options for confirming the cure of an H. pylori infection in adults

Testing options for diagnosing an H. pylori infection in adults

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Testing options for confirming the cure of an H. pylori infection in adults

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*Sensitivity refers to the percentage of people with the infection who get a positive result.
Specificity refers to the percentage of people without the infection who get a negative result.

Note: The percentages in these tables are weighted mean values and not the result of a comparative study.
Note: The recent use of PPIs, bismuth, or antibiotics can reduce the sensitivity of UBT and stool tests.

Inaccurate results may be caused by drugs you are taking within 2 weeks prior to this test. These may include:
  • Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Aciphex® (rabeprazole), Nexium® (esomeprazole), Prevacid® (lansoprazole), Prilosec® (omeprazole), Prilosec OTC® (omeprazole), Protonix® (pantoprazole), Zegerid® (omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate), and Dexilant® (dexlansoprazole)
  • Antibiotics
  • Bismuth-based drugs (Pepto-Bismol®)
Inaccurate test results can also occur if:
  • The second breath sample is collected too soon.
  • You were treated for H. pylori with antibiotics, but take your confirmation test with BreathTek UBT less than 4 weeks after completing your therapy.
  • The straw provided in the kit is not used.
If your child is taking antacids:
  • Your child may continue taking antacids prior to testing. The use of antacids does not appear to affect the accuracy of the BreathTek UBT.

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References
1
Chey WD, Wong BCY; Practice Parameters Committee of the American College of Gastroenterology. American College of Gastroenterology guideline on the management of Helicobacter pylori infection. Am J Gastroenterol. 2007;102(8):1808-1825. http://s3.gi.org/physicians/guidelines/ManagementofHpylori.pdf. Accessed Oct 10, 2014.

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