Lab Test

H. Pylori Breath Test

Helicobacter pylori, H. pylori, h pylori, Breath Test, Breath Tek UBT, Ubit, Urea Breath Test, C13 Breath Test

Test Codes

Epic: LAB7227, Beaker: XHPBG


  • For patients less than 18 years old, please supply height and weight.
  • Do not eat or drink for one hour prior to taking the test.
  • A patient CANNOT take the following medications for two weeks prior to testing:
    1. All antibiotics.
    2. Proton Pump Inhibitors (i.e. Zegerid, Prilosec, Prilosec OTC, Prevacid, Aciphex, Protonix, Nexium).
    3. Bismuth preparations such as Pepto Bismol.
  • This test is contra-indicated in patients with phenylalanine restrictive diet (PKU).
  • When testing to confirm cure, this test should be administered at least 4 weeks after completion of treatment/therapy.

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collection requires the use of the Breath Tek UBT collection kit. Follow collection instructions provided.

Physician Office/Draw Specimen Preparation

Maintain specimen at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F) prior to transport.

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: Breath specimen, at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F).

Rejection Criteria

Specimens not collected and processed as indicated.

In-Lab Processing

Maintain specimen at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F) prior to transport.

Transport: Breath specimen, at room temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F). 


Specimen Stability for Testing:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 7 days
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): Unacceptable
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): Unacceptable

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Specimen retention time is determined by the policy of the reference laboratory. Contact the Send Outs Laboratory with any questions.


Beaumont Dearborn, Microbiology.


Sunday – Saturday.
Results available in 4-6 days.

Reference Range


Test Methodology

IR (infrared) spectoscopy to assess the presence of 13CO2.

Clinical Utility

The Breath Tek UBT is used to detect urease associated with the H. pylori bacteria in the stomach and to help in the initial diagnosis and post-treatment monitoring of the H. pylori bacterial infection. This test may be used for monitoring the treatment of the bacterial infection if used at least 4 weeks following completion of treatment.

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