Pathology Handbook

Helicobacter pylori antigen

Test Includes

Detection of Helicobacter pylori antigen in faeces

Request Form

ICE request

Availability

On request during routine working hours; samples tested weekly, usually on a Monday

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information

Before testing faeces for helicobacter, it will be necessary to stop H2 receptor blockers for 24 hours, antibiotic therapy for 4 weeks and proton pump inhibitors (PPI's) for 2 weeks

Please note serology for H. pylori antibody is no longer available

Turnaround Time

The test will be performed weekly, usually on Mondays

Specimen

Faeces, large orange- or white-capped universal container

Volume

A walnut sized portion should be submitted in a faeces container

Container

Large white top universal

Collection

Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory
Leaking sample
Failure to meet specific criteria (above)

Reference Range

Lab Handling

Samples should be processed on day of receipt and stored at -20oC until tested