The urea breath test: A non-invasive clinical tool for detecting Helicobacter pylori infection

F. Perri, Y. Ghoos, M. Hiele, A. Andriulli, P. Rutgeerts

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Abstract

The urea breath test exploits the urease enzyme of Helicobacter pylori. The hydrolysis of labelled urea releases labelled carbon dioxide that is excreted in the breath. Distribution of urea throughout the stomach prevents sampling errors and allows for semiquantitative assessment of the extent of Helicobacter pylori infection. The urea breath test is very specific and sensitive and can be proposed as the method of choice for detecting Helicobacter pylori infection in ulcer patients before and after eradicating treatment as well as in epidemiological studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-63
Number of pages9
JournalItalian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume27
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Keywords

  • Breath test
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Urea breath test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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