Helicobacter pylori testing

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For folks suffering from gastro-oesophageal reflux disease or dyspepsia ever been referred by their GP for a Helicobacter pylori test (aka H pylori)?

See "1.9 Helicobacter pylori testing and eradication" of....

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg184/chapter/1-recommendations#helicobacter-pylori-testing-and-eradication

Nobody I have spoken to seems to know much about it.

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    It is (or should be) standard practice to have a H-Pylori test if you experience frequent acid hyper-secretion symptoms.

    The test may be done in various ways: stool sample and breath test are common. (The latter requires drinkig a radio-active drink first.) But most of us who have gastroscopies will probably have it tested in a biopsy.

    The bacteria lives in the stomach of quite a high proportion of the population and to survive may burrow into the stomach mucosa away from the acid producing cells.

    It i streated by a course of 3 different antibiotics.

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      Hi Barretts,

      Thank you very much, when you say standard test, does it mean the GP will send me to my local NHS trust or can they do it at the surgery?

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