Gastric ulcer breath test: patient blows into tube

Gastric ulcer breath test: patient blows into tube

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Caption: Breath test for stomach ulcer. A doctor watches as a patient blows into a sample tube during a urea breath test for gastric ulcers caused by bacteria. The patient has been given a drink containing urea enriched with non- radioactive carbon-13. The bacteria which causes stomach ulcers, Helicobacter pylori, breaks down urea to form carbon dioxide. Half an hour after taking the urea-drink, the patient blows into the sample tube. These tubes are then tested for carbon dioxide containing carbon-13. A positive result indicates the presence of H. pylori and the necessary drugs can then be prescribed to the patient.

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Keywords: breath test, diagnose, diagnosis, diagnostic, diagnostics, equipment, gastric, gastric ulce, gastric ulcer, h. pylori, h.pylori, healthcare, helicobacter pylori, medical, medicine, peptic ulcer, stomach, stomach ulcer, technique, ulcer, urea breath test

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