Helicobacter Pylori, Urea Breath Test (PW)

Helicobacter Pylori, Urea Breath Test (PW)


The urea breath test is used to detect Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a type of bacteria that may infect the stomach and is a main cause of ulcers in both the stomach and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine).

Sample Type:

  1. Pre and Post-urea breath samples in special collection bags
  2. Overnight fasting required if test to be carried out in the morning.
  3. Four hours fast for test to be carried if later in the day but with very light breakfast and no lunch.

Medication to avoid:

  1. UBT must not be performed within 28 days of completing treatment.
  2. PPI, antibiotics and bismuth or any drugs used in monotheraphy known to suppress urease activity of HP could give false negative results - at least 14 days must lapsed before UBT.
  3. H2 antagonists should be avoided on the day of test.
  4. Antacids, other medications with acid neutralizing effect should be avoided on the day of test.

Sample for testing: Breath

*Please take note that this test is only available at Parkway Laboratories.