Is this bug eating away at your patients?
There is extensive research and an exhausting amount of studies
to support the fact that H. pylori can lead to chronic illness and death.
Start with the BH #418 or, better yet, the BH #401H (a more comprehensive GI panel).
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.
BH #418 – Helicobacter pylori Stool Antigen
The Helicobacter pylori stool antigen test was validated in studies including more than 10,000 patients, in many different countries world-wide. More than 40 studies, published in peer-reviewed journals, report an average accuracy exceeding 90%, in both adult and pediatric populations, for diagnosing the infection and for confirming the eradication after the therapy.
The antigen test, being more accurate than serology and more readily available than the Urea Breath Test, is an important option whenever the use of a non-invasive technique is recommended.