Helicobacter Pylori Stool Antigen (418)-BioHealth Kit

Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.

Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Stool

Results: 10-14 Business Days
Note: Result turnaround times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Collection Requirements: 1 collection

Sample Collection: For 5 days prior to and during sample collection: Do not take mineral oils, non-absorbable anti-diarrheal preparations, bismuth, antacids, castor oil or liquid petrolatum. If you are taking any antibiotic, anti-parasitic, anti-malarial or anti-fungal medication, you must stop and wait 2 weeks before taking this test. If you have recently undergone any radiological exam involving barium sulfate you must wait at least 2 weeks before taking this test. Do not use bulk laxatives or enemas to assist bowel movements during the period in which you are collecting your samples. OTC glycerin rectal suppositories may be used.

Description Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a spiral shaped bacterium that lives in or on the lining of the stomach. It causes more than 90 percent of ulcers, which are sores in the lining of the stomach or the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). Before 1982, when this bacterium was discovered, spicy food, acid, stress and lifestyle were considered the major causes of ulcers. But this is only the beginning. H. pylori in the stomach will degrade parietal cells, cells responsible for digestion. If they are wiped out by H. pylori, numerous problems result.

Helicobacter pylori infections are very prevalent and are often the cause of not only stomach ulcers, but also acid reflux, burping, belching and general upper GI distress – as well as stomach cancer. While acute infections are often highly symptomatic, the body has an amazing capability to adapt to infections that become long term, chronic in nature, and patients often have either very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Because of its shape and the way it moves, the bacterium can penetrate the stomach’s protective mucous lining where it produces urease, an enzyme that neutralizes beneficial stomach acids. This weakens the stomach’s protective mucus, making stomach cells more susceptible to the damaging influences of certain acids and enzymes, thereby leading to ulcers in the stomach or small intestine.