Stomach Ulcer Test (H Pylori)
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Stomach ulcer test kit for the detection of H pylori infection
Stomach Ulcer Test Kit If you suffer from indigestion, heartburn or stomach pains, you may well have a stomach ulcer. This easy-to-use stomach ulcer test kit identifies the presence of Helicobacter Pylori. This test checks for the presence of an infection caused by the Helicobacter pylori. The antibodies against Helicobacter pylori are usually absent in people who have never contracted that infection.
The bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) is a major cause of stomach ulcers. If you suspect that you do have a stomach ulcer, this simple test will help you identify if Helicobacter Pylori is present. Infection can take place in both adults and children. Once identified, the infection can be quickly and successfully treated by your GP with antibiotics.
It is important to identify H pylori infection. The presence of the bug can weaken the protective coating of your stomach and intestines. This can expose sensitive tissue to stomach acid, increasing the risk of both ulcers and cancer.
This test is a quick, simple, sensitive and reliable indicator of infection with H. pylori. All you need is a finger prick blood drop and you will have a result within 30 minutes.
Why it is important to test
It is important to identify H pylori infection. In first world countries the level of infection ranges between 20 and 50%. The bacterium is usually picked up during childhood and can last a lifetime unless treated. Often people show no obvious symptoms of infection. The presence of the bug can weaken the protective coating of your stomach and intestines. This can expose sensitive tissue to stomach acid, increasing the risk of both ulcers and cancer.
The bacterium Helicobacter pylori grows in the gastric mucosa, where it can damage it to the point of causing stomach ulcers. The associated disturbances are gastritis and burning sensation in the stomach, even if more than 50% of the infections are without symptoms. This infection can be treated easily with specific antibiotics.
Checking the presence of antibodies against Helicobacter pylori is a very good tool for verifying our own health status and eventually taking the required preventive actions. In fact, an untreated infection can increase the probability of developing stomach cancer.
How do I perform the test?
Prick your finger quickly and easily with the micro-lancet. Put a small drop of blood on the test strip. Add the buffer solution. After 30 seconds the result of appears in the test window. The appearance of two lines in the test window signifies a positive result.
The test works by using an immunology reaction that verifies the presence of specific antibodies against Helicobacter pylori.
1 sealed aluminium pouch containing: 1 device for the test and desiccant, 1 dropper vial containing 0.5 ml of diluent, 1 painless sterile lancet for blood sampling, instructions for use.
More information about H Pylori
What is H pylori?
H pylori is a bacterium. It is found in the stomach wall. H pylori, if left untreated, can be the cause of gastritis, peptic ulcers in the stomach and small intestine and stomach cancer
Irritation and swelling of the stomach lining can be a common problem caused by H pylori infection. However a lot of people live without any awareness that they have an infection, as they show no obvious symptoms.
Ulcer of the small intestine
An ulcer of the small intestine will affect only about 15% of those people infected with H pylori. However, anybody who does have a small intestine ulcer will almost certainly have an H pylori infection too. The ulcer can be treated, at the same time as the infection, to stop the ulcer coming back. A small intestine ulcer is nearly 3 times more common than a stomach ulcer.
Treatment with antacids can help relieve the burning pain associated with stomach ulcers.
Cancer of the stomach accounts for around 2% of all cancers in the UK, according to information produced Cancer Research UK in April 2011. Various studies have identified a link between stomach cancer and long-term H pylori infection.
Diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori infection
A number of techniques can be employed to detect Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infections. The Zoom Health stomach ulcers test is a blood test that looks for antibodies. This test is generally more reliable than a saliva test. However, because antibody levels can remain high for some time after successful treatment, a positive result may still occur even over a year later.
It is generally advised that all patients with ulcers of the stomach or small intestine should be treated to remove H pylori infection. 9 times out of 10, treatment is successful patients with very low re-infection rates.