Laboratory: Clinical Microbiology
Test Name:
Test Code: HPYA
Clinical Information:
Test Indications:
Patients <17 years of age, St. Amant Centre residents and patients under the care of a physician listed as a gastroenterologist according to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba with suspicion of H. pylori-associated gastritis and peptic ulcer disease, or as a diagnostic test-of-cure after completed therapy.

Treatment with proton-pump inhibitors should be discontinued at least 2 weeks prior to testing (Am J Gastroenterol 2017; 112: 212–238).  If using the antigen test as a test-of-cure, at least four weeks should elapse since the end of therapy and proton-pump inhibitors must be withheld for 2 weeks prior to testing. (Am J Gastroenterol 2017; 112: 212–238)

Patient Preparation Instructions:
Accurate patient identification must be made prior to sample collection.
Samples and requisitions must be labeled/completed in accordance with the Shared Health Specimen Acceptance Policy.  Discontinue proton-pump inhibitors at least 2 weeks prior to testing and discontinue antibiotics at least 4 weeks prior to testing.  Consult your physician for more information.
Collection Devices:
Preferred Device:
1 - Sterile Specimen Container (100 mL)

Sterile Specimen Container (100 mL)

Catalogue #:
 - Specimens received in other collection devices will not be processed.
Specimen Required:
Feces : 5.0 mL
Pediatric Feces : 5.0 mL

Volume required:  ≥ 5mL
Reference Values:
Negative for H. pylori antigen.
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More Information:
Specimen Handling:
If submitted fresh, unrefrigerated specimens must be received within 1 hour of collection.  If required, specimen may be held up to 72 hours at 2-8ºC.  Ensure specimens are sent using appropriate packaging in accordance with Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulation.