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H Pylori Antigen Stool Test
H Pylori Antigen Stool Test

H Pylori Antigen Stool Test

A stool test that looks for H. pylori antigens, which indicate the presence of H. pylori bacteria - a cause of peptic ulcers.

Is it for you?

Do you experience symptoms like stomach pain and bloating which are worse on an empty stomach? Do you only get temporary relief from taking an antacid? Or do you suspect a stomach ulcer and want to get an answer so that you can start treatment quickly? If so, this simple stool H. pylori antigen test is right for you.
Stool sample 1 biomarker included 4 working days turnaround
from sample receipt at lab

What's included?

Biomarker profile

  • Infection

Infection (1 Biomarker)

Special instructions

Do not take omeprazole, esomeprazole or other indigestion medication for two weeks before this test.
H. pylori, (helicobacter pylori) is a bacteria which is a common cause of peptic ulcers. H. pylori attacks the stomach lining, causing ulcers which may bleed, cause infections, or keep food from moving through the digestive tract. H. pylori can spread through contact with contaminated water or food and is more common in countries or communities that lack clean water or good sewage systems. Transmission can also occur through contact with the saliva or other body fluids of those who are infected. If you have an ulcer, you may feel a dull or burning pain in your stomach which may come and go. The burning sensation is more likely to occur when your stomach is empty, such as between meals or in the middle of the night.

This H. pylori stool test looks to identify whether H. pylori antigens, the substances that trigger your immune system to fight infection, are present in the gastrointestinal (GI) system which can indicate an active H pylori infection. If you are taking a proton-pump inhibitor (e.g. esomeprazole, omeprazole, lansoprazole) then you should stop taking it for two weeks prior to this test.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

Why take this test?

  • You have gastrointestinal pain or symptoms of an ulcer
  • You've tried over the counter remedies for indigestion but still have symptoms
  • You know that having a peptic ulcer raises your risk of stomach cancer and you want to get a diagnosis so you can get treated

How it works

  • Take the test

    Collect your sample at home, visit a partner clinic, or we can even send a nurse to you.
  • Post your sample

    Send your sample back on the same day you take it in the freepost pack to our laboratory.
  • Get your results

    View your results with doctor's advice on your personal dashboard.
Laboratories you can trust

Laboratories you can trust

Trusted by the NHS and private clinics alike, you can be sure of the highest testing standards from our fully accredited partner laboratories.

Expert interpretation <br>
of your results

Expert interpretation
of your results

One of our team of doctors will review your results and give you personalised advice based on your medical history, lifestyle and health and fitness goals.

Your personal<br>
health centre

Your personal
health centre

Discover the easy way to track your health through our online portal, my.medichecks.com. View your results with doctor's advice, monitor any changes over time and see the improvements you can make to your health with simple lifestyle changes.

Questions? Let us help

Questions? Let us help

Our customer care team is on-hand to help you find the test that's right for you. Get in touch via phone, live chat or email.

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Important

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.