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How do you know if you have an H. pylori infection?

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If your doctor thinks you may have an H. pylori infection, he may do one or more of these:

  • The best way to test for H. pylori infection is to check your stomach lining. Your doctor will give you medicine to relax you, then send a long, thin tube with a camera on the end down your throat and into your stomach. They'll look for signs of infection and take a small sample of tissue to be tested in a lab.
  • A blood test can show signs of H. pylori.
  • Your doctor can test your poop for signs of H. pylori.

From: H. Pylori and Stomach Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: " and Stomach Cancer." Helicobacter Pylori

Mayo Clinic: "  infection." H. pylori

University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

National Cancer Institute: " and Cancer." Helicobacter Pylori

CDC: " ." Helicobacter pylori

KidsHealth.org: " ." Helicobacter pylori

American Cancer Society: "Bacteria That Can Lead to Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 23, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: " and Stomach Cancer." Helicobacter Pylori

Mayo Clinic: "  infection." H. pylori

University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

National Cancer Institute: " and Cancer." Helicobacter Pylori

CDC: " ." Helicobacter pylori

KidsHealth.org: " ." Helicobacter pylori

American Cancer Society: "Bacteria That Can Lead to Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 23, 2017

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