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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Disease Progression

Know the symptoms and you can better assess which patients need testing.

Common symptoms of H. pylori infection may include:







Other symptoms may include early satiety, postprandial fullness, loss of appetite, nausea, flatulence, abdominal pain, vomiting, and halitosis.1-4

  • Acute infection is often asymptomatic1

The effects of untreated H. pylori infection can follow a clear, predictable progression.4

H. pylori infection is a common cause of gastric morbidity.5,6





Gastritis Chronic

Chronic Gastritis

Gastritis Atrophic

Atrophic Gastritis

Duodenal ulcers

Duodenal Ulcers

Gastric ulcers

Gastric Ulcers

H. pylori infection is the cause of most duodenal and gastric ulcers.4

  • Treating the infection has been shown to reduce ulcer recurrence and complications, including bleeding2
  • In NSAID* users, H. pylori infection is associated with a higher risk of peptic ulcer bleeding2
  • Guidelines recommend eradication of H. pylori infection prior to starting NSAID treatments7

*Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

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