Helicobacter pylori, Urea Breath Test (UBT)

Helicobacter pylori is a common bacteria. According to a study done by the Faculty of Medicine, HKU, half the population in Hong Kong has been infected by the bacteria at some time. Helicobacter pylori can cause the most common stomach problems, such as stomach cramps, bloating, gastritis, gastric reflux, gastric ulcers, duodenal ulcers, etc. In severe cases, it can also lead to stomach cancer.

Helicobacter pylori can be transmitted through drinking water, saliva, or undercooked food. Therefore, carriers of the bacteria can often transmit it to other family members. To find out if you have been infected with Helicobacter pylori, testing by Helicobacter pylori may not be sufficient. The more dependable way is to do a Urea Breath Test, which is also safer than the invasive endoscope (gastroscopy). The result of the UBT already provides enough information for diagnosis and treatment option.


Urea Breath Test (UBT) for Helicobacter pylori
幽門螺旋菌測試 (吹氣測試)


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