People infected with helicobacter are at a significantly increased risk of developing certain digestive diseases, from gastritis to diseases such as gastric and duodenal ulcers or stomach cancer. Of course, not everyone infected with helicobacter becomes ill - this is determined by factors such as time, environmental influences or even the patient's genetic make-up. And recent research has shown that Helicobacter pylori infection in children can also cause developmental delay and reduced performance.
Helicobacter pylori is relatively easy and simple to screen for, so it is recommended that you check your own infection, especially if you have a history of digestive tract problems or a family history of stomach and duodenal ulcers or stomach cancer.
There are several methods for screening for helicobacter infection, the most common, non-invasive method is the so-called C14-urea-breath helicobacter test.
Not only is helicobacter easy to screen for, it is also curable. To eradicate the bacterium, a course of medication of about one to two weeks is required, and a doctor will decide whether this is justified. As the course of treatment includes antibiotics and other drugs, the prescription must also be made by a doctor.
Endomedix is a specialist in helicobacter screening, having screened around 1,500 patients by summer 2013. The quick and painless C14-urea breath test can easily detect the presence of Helicobacter pylori bacteria. The test takes about 30 minutes. The first step of the test is to take a capsule labelled with a C14 isotope, and after waiting 10-20 minutes, patients exhale into a breathing card, which is analysed by an instrument, so patients are informed of the test results within minutes. If the suspicion of a helicobacter infection is confirmed, our colleagues will be happy to arrange an appointment for a gastroenterology consultation, where you can discuss the course of treatment with your specialist.
Come in for our C14 Helicobacter test if you have unclear stomach symptoms, a history of stomach or duodenal ulcers, or a family history of stomach cancer.
The test can be done by anyone, but 4 hours before the test, the patient should not eat and only drink clean water. Water should not be consumed for 1 hour before the procedure. Smoking and chewing gum are prohibited. Tooth brushing is only possible with clean water and without toothpaste.
If you have been treated with antibiotics, you should wait at least 4 weeks after the end of treatment to have the test done, and 5 days if you are taking antacid medication (antacid medication means, for example, H2-receptor blockers or proton pump blockers).
If you have unclear stomach and abdominal symptoms or if the examination confirms Helicobacter pylori infection, we strongly recommend that you consult one of our specialist gastroenterologists gastroenterology consultation for the purposes of. Endomedix is the leading private provider of gastroenterology in the country, and our centres are located in many parts of the country.