COVID-19 Update

Healthcare institutions and laboratories are encouraged to exercise and continue to practice appropriate clinical precautions when handling breath samples from patients. These groups should refer to their own policies on how to handle its COVID-19 response and should respond appropriately as the COVID-19 situation applies to and impacts its breath testing in its facilities.

Judgement on whether or not to test a patient using the BreathTek® UBT for H. pylori Kit should continue to be made by the patient’s prescribing physician and in collaboration with local testing laboratories on an individual patient basis.

While the COVID-19 situation continues to be dynamic, Otsuka sources the components of the BreathTek® UBT in the United States and currently does not foresee disruptions to its supply.

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Comparing Diagnostic Methods

ACG guidelines recommend urea breath test (UBT), fecal antigen test (FAT), and endoscopy for eradication testing.1

ACG guidelines no longer include serology in H. pylori testing recommendations since it is not a test for active infection2

Some diagnostic labs have discontinued offering serologic testing for H. pylori3,4

Stool testing is associated with relatively low patient adherence5,6

In one study, more patients returned for a post-treatment UBT vs FAT (N=29)6

Stool Testing Post Treatment


Fecal occult blood

BreathTek® UBT for H. pylori aligns with guideline recommendations to test, treat, and confirm eradication of H. pylori infection.

Abbreviation: ACG, American College of Gastroenterology.

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