Testing & Diagnosis for Helicobacter Pylori in Children

Tests used to diagnose Helicobacter pylori may include:

  • blood tests to identify antibodies that indicate the presence of the bacterium

  • stool test and to identify the bacterium (antigen)

  • breath tests to determine if carbon is present after drinking a solution that breaks down urea

  • tissue tests to detect the presence of the enzyme urease, examine the bacteria that is present, and start a culture test to grow more bacteria for examination