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Helicobacter Antigen Test

Microbiology


Summary

Immunochromatographic Test for Helicobacter pylori antigen in faecal samples.

Usage

Presence of Helicobacter pylori in patients with gastric symptoms.

Specimen

Stool Sample

Specimen container

Faecal Pot

Special Instructions

Please ensure that stool sample pots are filled between 1/3 to 1/2 full. This is sufficient sample volume for all stool tests. Under-filling or over-filling stool sample pots may lead to samples being unsuitable for analysis.

If sample was taken within 4 weeks of completion of antibiotics or PPI, this can lead to a false negative result.

Do not perform test of cure, unless exclusions as per NICE guidance (Quick Reference Guide for Primary Care). If test of cure required, ensure at least 4 weeks (ideally 8 weeks) following completion of therapy.

Availability

Tested locally at RD&E

Turnaround Time

3 days

Useful Links

Patients:

H. pylori – Lab Tests Online UK

Stomach Ulcer – NHS

Healthcare professionals:

Helicobacter pylori infection | Treatment summaries | BNF | NICE

Helicobacter pylori in dyspepsia: test and treat – UKHSA

 

(Key words: h-pylori)

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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