H.Pylori - Price: $135/ Stool

The awareness of Helicobacter pylori in gastrointestinal diseases has increased greatly since Marshall and Warren described the presence of Campylobacter-like organisms in the antral mucosa of patients with histological evidence of antrum gastritis and peptic ulcers, especially duodenal ulcers. The strong correlation between the presence of H. pylori and histologically confirmed gastritis, peptic ulcer disease and gastric carcinoma, as well as disease resolution after H. pylori eradication, indicates a causative relationship.

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The ecological niche in humans appears to be restricted to the stomach and duodenum. Patients who harbor the organism are divided into two basic groups: a) colonized and b) infected.   Patients who test positive for H. pylori yet have no signs or symptoms of gastrointestinal disease are considered “colonized”. Patients who test positive for H. pylori and present with signs or symptoms of gastrointestinal disease are considered “infected”.    The process by which a colonized individual becomes infected remains unclear.   The process by which patients become colonized is also still under investigation. Direct detection requires that an invasive biopsy be taken from the upper gastrointestinal tract. The presence of H. pylori is then confirmed by direct microscopic examination, rapid urease testing or culturing of the organism from the biopsy material.   This strategy has the advantage of being able to detect active infections while being highly specific with a very high positive predictive value.  
The invasive approach subjects the patient to unnecessary risk and discomfort.

In contrast, Doctor’s Data, Inc. offers the non-invasive HpSA enzyme immunoassay (EIA), an in vitro qualitative procedure for the detection of H. pylori antigens in human stool.   Test results can be used to diagnose H. pylori infection, and to monitor patient response during and post-therapy.   Current scientific literature indicates that testing to confirm eradication should be performed at least four weeks after the completion of therapy.

All lab tests can be done through the mail in the privacy of your own home, except blood tests, we send you to a lab to have your blood drawn for these. After you pay for the test we mail you the kit, the results take two weeks, the test results will be mailed to us and we will call you to go over the results, its that easy! All tests include the consultation for the report of findings. Click on test of interest on the left for more information.

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