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Test Code HPBT Helicobacter pylori Urea Breath Test

Performing Laboratory

Bronson Methodist Microbiology Laboratory

Test Usage

The Breath Tek UBT for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) Kit is
intended for use in the qualitative detection of urease associated
with H. pylori in the human stomach and as an aid in the initial
diagnosis and post-treatment monitoring of H. pylori infection in
adult patients. The test may be used for monitoring treatment if
used at least 4 weeks following completion of therapy.

Specimen Requirement

Collection Instructions:


Do not collect if one of the following conditions applies:

patient is <3 years old.

Patient is on a ventolator or is unable to drink fluid due to:

  • allergic to phenylalanine
  • allergic to citrus
  • allergic to mannitol

If these conditions apply, or any other conditions that would prevent the patient from drinking the fluid, please perform H.pylori stool antigen testing (HPSA)

For patients between 3 and 17 years of age, the Height and Weight of the patient must be documented on the collection card found in the collection kit.

Fasting ( 1 hour )
The patient should not have taken antimicrobials, proton pump
inhibitors (Priolsec, Prevacid, Aciphex, Protonix, Omeprazole and Nexium) or
bismuth preparations ( Pepto-Bismol) within 2 weeks prior to
administering teh BreathTek UBT. (Histamine blockers (H2)
antagonists do not affect test results.)

Have patient take a deep breath, hold it for 3 seconds and blow
breath into Baseline bag until full. Give patient urea drink
(contains phenyalanine) and wait 15 min. Then have patient take a
deep breath, hold it for 3 seconds and blow breath into Post Dose
bag until full. Be sure to put patient name and time of collection
on each bag.

Reference Values


CPT Code Information

83013, 83014

Test Method

Infrared Spectrophotometry

Also Known As

Helicobacter pylori Breath Test, H pylori Breath

Day(s) set up

Monday through Sunday