Richen 13C Urea Breath Test Products---Certified by European H Pylori Study Group
13C Urea Breath Test Kit for H. Pylori Diagnosis
Non-radioactive, Non-invasive, even for children, pregnant women and old people
Simple and quick operation, Test time less than 3 mins.
Gold Standard for H. Pylori Diagnosis
The 13C Urea Breath Test is the best approach to the diagnosis of H. pylori infection, with high sensitivity and specificity, and excellent performances.
----Management of Helicobacter pylori infection—the Maastricht V/Florence Consensus Report
Description of 13C Urea Breath Test
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria are a common cause of digestive illnesses, including gastritis (the irritation and inflammation of the stomach lining), peptic ulcers (sores in the lining of the stomach, small intestine, or esophagus), and even stomach cancer later in life.
13C Urea Breath Test uses a chemical reaction to detect the H. pylori bacteria.
The test contains a chemical called urea, which is attached to a 13C carbon atom. The bacteria break down the urea thereby releasing the carbon, which is eventually exhaled in the breath. The breath is then tested to check for the 13C carbon.
How often should 13C UBT test be performed?
Your doctor will recommend when and how frequently this test is required.
Why is this 13C UBT test performed?
People experiencing possible ulcer symptoms require treatment to relieve these symptoms and prevent any complications related to ulcers. This test helps doctors determine if H. pylori is causing an ulcer or stomach lining irritation.
It is important for doctors to know the cause of the ulcer, as this affects the treatment they will recommend.
Doctors also request this test to determine if the treatment for an H. pyloriinfection has been successful. In this case, the test is normally done at least 4 weeks after completing an antibiotic treatment.
Are there any risks and precautions?
There is very low risk of side effects or complications with this test.
There are two types of H. pylori breath test: one uses a 14C carbon atom, and the other uses a 13C carbon atom.
The 14C urea breath test involves swallowing a tablet containing a small dose of radiation. This test is not recommended if you are or may be pregnant, or if you are breast-feeding. Because of the radiation involved, children and old people should not have this test.
The 13C urea breath test is not radioactive and is not harmful in any way. It can be used by children and pregnant women, but is more expensive and not available in all areas.
What happens during the 13C UBT test?
The test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
The first step is to take a sample of your breath by blowing into a bag.
Next, you will drink the reagent that contains urea attached to a 13C carbon atom.
After 30 mins, you will blow your breath into another bag. You can get the result within 2 mins after testing two samples by 13C Infrared Spectrometer.
How should I prepare for this 13C UBT test?
Avoid eating or drinking for 2 hours before the test.
Certain medications can interfere with the test results and should be avoided before the test. These include antibiotics, ulcer medications, and heartburn relievers (including over-the-counter products).
The test results will be inaccurate if you are taking (most) antibiotics or medications that reduce stomach acid. Normally, your doctor will ask you to stop taking these medications anywhere 4 weeks before the test.
Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any medication allergies and medical conditions that you may have.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist whether you need to stop taking any of your medications before the test.
What can I expect after the 13C UBT test?
After the test, you can return to your usual activities.
Lab technicians use 13C Infrared Spectrometer to analyze your breath samples. Finding higher levels of carbon in the samples from after you drink the reagent shows that H. pylori bacteria are present in your stomach. Your doctor with receive the results from the laboratory.
Ask your doctor when you can expect your test results to be made available.
A person performing a H. pylori urea breath test. The inset shows what the H. pylori bacteria look like.