Helicobacter pylori antibodies
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|Test||Helicobacter Pylori antibodies|
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This test looks at the level of antibodies in the serum to the helicobacter pylori bacteria. A positive result is evidence of present or past infection. If you have never had eradication therapy, then a positive result means you probably do have an infection now.
If the result of this test is positive, you may need eradication therapy which has to be prescribed be your GP/physician. I say "may need" because some physicians choose not to eradicate in cases of oesophagitis because their clinical experience suggests some cases are worsened.
There is some research which suggests H pylori may be a risk factor for atherosclerosis (arterial disease) - another good reason to get rid of it! See Arteriosclerosis - what causes it and how to prevent it.
This test is performed on a blood sample.
The kit for this test includes a serum blood tube, a needle and a vacutainer holder, packaging materials for transporting the blood sample in the post, a request form and a pre-paid envelope for sending the sample to the laboratory.
To complete the test: have the blood taken and put in the blood tube , make sure that your name and date of birth are clearly marked on the tube. Check that your details are correct on the request form. Using the packaging materials provided prepare the sample for posting in the pre-paid addressed envelope. Please, make sure that the request form is sent along with the samples. Post on a weekday.
- Please, note that there is an interpretation fee for my letter to your GP. See Ordering Tests for more details.