The H.pylori (Helicobacter pylori) breath test is performed to diagnose the presence of a bacterium Helicobacter pylori that causes inflammation, ulcers, and atrophy of the stomach. 

H.pylori Breath Test Procedure Preparation

  • The following medications should be stopped 30 days prior to the test: antibiotics, and bismuth (i.e., pepto-bismol)
  • The following medications should be stopped 14 days prior to the test: proton-pump inhibitors (i.e., prilosec, prevacid, aciphex, nexium, protonix), and carafate.
  • No food or liquids (this includes water) after midnight the night before the test.

Pre-H.pylori Breath Test Procedure Expectations

  • Patient will swallow a capsule.
  • Fifteen minutes after they swallow the capsule you will be asked to take a deep breath and then exhale into a balloon.
  • Results will be available within 24 to 48 hours of the test through their physician.

Note: There is a small percent chance that the results will be indeterminate and the test will require to be repeated. 

The test is available at the Glenbrook Hospital, Simms Family GI Lab.
To schedule an appointment call 847.657.5780.

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