Multiple strains of h pylori

Blood tests (for antibody) are used to screen for H.pylori. They remain positive for many months after treatment so can only be used as the initial test. Urine antibody is a "pregnanacy style" urine test. Accuracy is slightly less than blood tests. A negative blood test is good evidence that Hp is NOT present. Use it to exclude the diagnosis (but no test is 100% perfect remember).

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Multiple strains of h pylori

Post by Bpositive » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:13 pm

Hello helico_expert, Is it possible to be infected with multiple strains of h pylori ? If so would that cause a more rapid problems?

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Re: Multiple strains of h pylori

Post by Helico_expert » Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:05 am

it is possible to be co-infected by multiple H. pylori strains or even helicobacter species. Many years ago, we found several strains from a single patients. In fact, it is more common than most people know. It is still not very well understood how the whole thing work. Because H. pylori is a very fast mutating organism. Most of the time, they combine and become a new strain.

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