Dyspepsia is a condition that causes long-term stomach pain or discomfort. Symptoms can include heartburn, bloating, nausea, or slow digestion. Dyspepsia can be caused by common bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. These bacteria also cause ulcers and stomach cancer.
Health Quality Ontario Reviews the Carbon-13 Urea Breath Test
The carbon-13 urea breath test detects Helicobacter pylori using a breath sample, rather than a blood test (serology). This review looked at whether the test is as accurate as a blood test in people who have ulcer-like symptoms.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care endorses this recommendation.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has provided the following response: The Ministry agrees with this recommendation and encourages health care professionals to adhere to it. Public funding for the C13 Urea Breath Test is available to in- and out-patients of hospitals.