Helicobacter Pylori Screening


Helicobacter Pylori Screening

H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori) is a bacterium that can infect the stomach and small intestine, leading to various gastrointestinal conditions such as gastritis and peptic ulcers. Screening for H. pylori is typically done through non-invasive tests that detect the presence of the bacterium or its byproducts. Here are common methods used for H. pylori screening:

Blood Antibody Test:

This test detects the presence of antibodies produced by the immune system in response to an H. pylori infection. While it indicates exposure to the bacterium, it doesn’t distinguish between current and past infections. False positives can occur, and this test is less commonly used than others.

Sample Requirement

Blood Sample Type:

Venous Blood: A venous blood sample is most commonly used for Helicobacter Pylori Screening. It is drawn from a vein, usually in the arm, using a needle and a collection tube.