Presence of Helicobacter pylori bacteria in stool.
Colonization with H. pylori is associated with increased risk of patients developing gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, and gastric adenocarcinoma. Stool antigen testing provides a sensitive measure of infection including during and after treatment. There is no need to stop your medications to take this test or to fast.
You might consider testing when experiencing the following:
• Experience persistent or recurrent pain in the stomach area
• Have mild to moderate digestive issues that have not been previously investigated
• Have frequent nausea
• Are persistently bloated or belching often
• Have a burning sensation in your stomach or throat
• Smoke/use tobacco products regularly
• Have discomfort in your stomach/throat when lying down, late at night, or after eating greasy foods
• Are taking an NSAID (aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Celebrex, etc.)
• Have a condition called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
• Have been told you are iron deficient without a cause