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Urea Breath Test

Description

The Urea Breath Test is a test to detect the presence of H-Pylori bacteria. During the test, the patient will be asked to exhale into a test tube, drink a solution, and then exhale into another tube. The duration of appointment may last for approximately 45 minutes.

Preparation

You must fast a minimum of 4 hours prior to your appointment. You MUST discontinue the following medications

Medication Duration

Antibiotic therapy (i.e. HP-PAC) 4 weeks prior to test
Bismuth Preparation (Pepto Bismol) 2 weeks prior to test
PPI pills:
Esomeprazole (Nexium)
Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant)
Pantoprazole (Tecta, Pantoloc)
Lansoprazole (Prevacid)
Omeprazole (Prilosec)
3 days prior to test

Fee

This test is not covered by OHIP. A $75.00 fee is payable by debit or credit card prior to the appointment.