H. pylori is a hearty organism that can be found in the stomach or duodenum (upper small intestine) of colonized or infected people. Its presence has been associated with gastritis, heartburn/reflux, gastric and duodenal ulcers and gastric cancer. A colonized host may show positive antigens to H. pylori but will be asymptomatic. The infection can still be transmitted even though they do not have any symptoms. An infected host will test positive for H. pylori and be symptomatic.
H. pylori can interfere with the normal digestive processes leaving one vulnerable to maldigestion and malabsorption. The symptoms associated with H. pylori are often treated with Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) that, while offering symptomatic relief, further suppress digestion and absorption of macro and micronutrients. This maldigestion can lead to the development of bacterial dysbiosis and SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth). Testing for H. pylori and following through with appropriate treatment can address the cause of gastric distress rather than suppressing symptoms.
Indications for This Test
-Gastritis – pain in stomach, esophagus, epigastric area
-Fullness in stomach
-Poor protein digestion
-Iron Deficiency Anemia
As a single test: one stool sample
√ Lab Test
√ Doctor’s Review of Test Results
√ Doctor’s Recommended Course of Action
NOTE: This test is not available to residents of New York. Any orders or samples originating from new York will automatically be canceled.