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The 13C-urea breath test
The National Anti-Doping Laboratory conducts a rapid breath test for the presence of Helicobacter Рylori in a human stomach and duodenum.
The 13C-urea breath test has many advantages over other diagnostic methods: convenience for a patient, simplicity of procedure, rapid analysis, accuracy. These advantages allowed the European Gastroenterological Association to recognize this diagnostic method as the “gold standard”.
The method represents a study of exhaled air before and after taking a urea solution labeled with a safe and stable 13C isotope. The obtained samples are analyzed to compare of the difference in the concentration of 13CO2 in two samples. On the basis of obtained results the conclusion about presence or absence of Helicobacter pylori in a human stomach and duodenum is made.
Preparation for the test
The urea breath test is performed on an empty stomach, the last meal should be at least 6 hours before the test. It is better to take the test in the morning with a light dinner no later than 10 p.m.
It is not recommended before the test:
- to take antisecretory drugs, antibiotics and antacid drugs for 2 weeks;
- to take analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs for 5 days;
- to drink strong alcoholic drinks for 3 days;
- to eat legumes (beans, peas, soybeans, etc.) on the eve of the test;
- to smoke and chew gum 3 hours before the test.
Non-compliance with the recommendations can significantly affect the analysis result.
Analysis is performed on a mass spectrometer, which allows to determine a quantity of 13C isotope in exhaled air with a high level of sensitivity.
The total test time is about 40 minutes.
Painlessness, no risk of infection transmission, convenience for the patient, non-invasive procedure, rapidness and reliability allow to conduct test for children, as well as to perform, if necessary, multiple quality control of treatment.
- for residents of the Republic of Belarus: 50 BYN.
- for non-residents of the Republic of Belarus: 100 BYN.