There are no requirements for this test, no need to fast. Neither is an appointment necessary, blood draws are performed from 8:00h – 10:30h from Monday to Friday. If instead of blood the sample is for faeces, it can be delivered in a sterile bottle purchased at the pharmacy or pass through the laboratory where a specific bottle will be delivered. The patient should not take oily laxatives, barium, magnesium or bismuth salts, at least 72 hours before taking the stool sample.
The results are delivered after 24-48 hours.
Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that causes abdominal pain and distention, with or without the need to burp, loss of appetite, halitosis (bad breath) and bad taste in the mouth or food, nausea, vomiting, fatigue or blackish color of the stool. It is isolated in both blood and feces.