Testing & Diagnosis for Stomach and Duodenal Ulcers in Children

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Treatment differs depending on the cause of your child's ulcer, so it is crucial to correctly diagnose ulcer disease and H. pylori before starting treatment. Therefore, our specialists take care in conducting a complete medical history and physical examination of your child.

Diagnostic procedures for ulcers may include:

  • Upper GI (gastrointestinal) series - examination of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first section of the small intestine) with an endoscope (a small, flexible tube with a light and a camera lens at the end).

  • Endoscopy - a test that uses an endoscope to examine the inside of part of the digestive tract. Tissue samples from inside the digestive tract may also be taken for examination.

  • Blood, stool, breath and stomach tissue tests - performed to detect the presence of H. pylori. Although some of the tests for H. pylori may occasionally give false-positive or false-negative results, these tests can detect the bacteria.

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