Dyspepsia and Urea Breath Test
Having reoccurring belly pain & discomfort, bloating, heartburn, burping up food or liquid, or feeling uncomfortably full after eating?
You could have Dyspepsia (Indigestion)!
Dyspepsia or indigestion is a common condition used to characterise the symptoms of epigastric pain, discomfort or burning sensation.
Symptoms of Dyspepsia (Indigestion)
You may experience one or more symptoms that include:
- Belly pain or discomfort
- Regurgitation (Burping up food or liquid )
- Feeling uncomfortably full after eating
- Loss of appetite.
Most people will experience some symptoms of dyspepsia within their lifetimes.
Causes of Dyspepsia (Indigestion)
Some common causes of Dyspersia may inculde
- Lactose intolerance,
- Gallbladder inflamation,
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD),
- Anxiety or Depression,
- Side effects of caffeine, alcohol, or medicines
- Peptic ulcer disease (PUD)
Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD), also known as a peptic ulcer or stomach ulcer, is one of the major causes of dyspepsia. Most ulcers are caused by an infection with a type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) along with the use of common over-the-counter painkillers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)
Stomach ulcers can be caused by a bacteria!
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria. that enter your body and live in your digestive tract. H pylori has been showned to be found in approximately 50% of the worlds population and is a risk factor for gastric cancer and lymphoma.
How to Find Out If You Are Carrying This Bacteria?
The C14 Urea breath test is used to diagnose a current H pylori infection along the stomach lining.
The C14 Urea breath test has a sensitivity of 97% and specificity of 100%, which makes it one of the most accurate tests for diagnosing a H pylori infection.
The C14 Urea breath test can be done in a clinic setting and takes around 15 minutes to complete.
The patient will be asked to swallow a capsule and after a few minutes the patient will be asked to exhale and a sample of the air is collected.
This will processed and the results will be discussed with the patient.
The patients usually experience minimal discomfort thoughout the test. Patients that are positive for H pylori will be started on a course of antibiotics and gastric acid suppressors for up to 2 weeks. A repeat Urea breath test is again done after treatment to test for cure.
C14 Urea Breath Test Preparation
Steps to take prior to the test:
- Fast for 8 – 9 hours before the test
- Patients are required to stop all antibiotics 12 weeks prior to the test.
- Stop any gastric acid suppressing medication at least 1 week prior to the test.
What Happens If You Are Infected with H. Pylori?
The treatment of H. Pylori is very straightforward. All it takes is antibiotics and medicines to stop the stomach from producing acid.
The C14 Urea breath test is available at all Dr Tan & Partners clinics. Please contact our clinics for for information and appointment booking.