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Direct to patient at home c13 breath test

Breath tests are the most accurate way of detecting H.pylori without actually having an endoscopy (stomach examination). Breath tests are especially useful after treatment to make sure H.pylori is cured. Urea breath tests are known to be completely harmless. Either C14-urea or C13-urea tests are used. Read about them at the diagnosis section at http://www.helico.com/diag_breath.html where a diagram can be found. C14-urea breath tests use a radioactive tracer but such a tiny amount that it can be used safely at any age. It is a 15 minute test, convenient and inexpensive. The C13-urea test uses a stable isotope of carbon which is also harmless but requires two breath samples and takes about 30 minutes. Both tests have accuracy greater than 90%.

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Adam
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Direct to patient at home c13 breath test

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Now:

Book an appointment around limited lab hours, get to the lab, wait your turn, and do the test, which can take an hour or more.

Better:

Patients can order test kit online and administer the breath test themselves without going to the lab. The test instructions are simple. According to the manufacture, samples can be stored in room temperature for up to 6 months, which gives patients time to mail the samples for analysis.

Many patients would use such a service if it were available.

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Re: Direct to patient at home c13 breath test

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it is better to have the test done at the clinic. Even though the test is very simple, without the right training, you can still get false negative and false positive results.

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