Last updated: Friday, 24, December, 2010
|Key Information||Appropriate Tests|
Endoscopic biopsy and/or brushings to exclude neoplasm and to detect Helicobacter pylori.
The organism is detected by histology and the urease test - gastric or duodenal ulcer; culture for susceptibility testing may be indicated in patients with recurrent or non-responsive disease.
Serology for H. pylori is seldom indicated.
The urease test - breath may be useful to monitor effectiveness of therapy.