Helicobacter pylori Breath Test
Testing Algorithm Delineates situation(s) when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.
See Helicobacter pylori Diagnostic Algorithm in Special Instructions
Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing
An alternative test for the diagnosis of active Helicobacter pylori infection in patients is the HPSA / Helicobacter pylori Antigen, Feces, which requires a different collection.
For patients between 3 and 17 years old, complete the Pediatric UHR Calculation Information card: http://www.breathtek.com/assets/web/pdf/pediatric-card.pdf
Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.
1. Fasting 1 hour.
2. Patients should not have taken bismuth/Tritec, antibiotics, proton-pump inhibitors (eg, Prilosec, Prevacid, Aciphex, Protonix, and Nexium) or Pepto-Bismol for 2 weeks prior to testing. If these instructions are not followed, test results may be inaccurate.
3. Histamine 2-receptor antagonists (HRAs) such as Pepcid, Tagamet, Axid, or Zantac should be discontinued for 24 to 48 hours before the BreathTek UBT test is administered. If these instructions are not followed, test results may be inaccurate.
4. Carafate (sucralfate) does not interfere with the test. Use of antacids does not affect the accuracy of this assay.
Supplies: H. Pylori Breath Kit (T375: fees apply)
1. Do not collect if patient is <3 years old.
2. Follow instructions included with kit.
If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) with the specimen (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/microbiology_test_request_form.pdf).
Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.
Bag of ''breath'' must be full
Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.