Difference Between Urea Breath Test And Ammonia Breath Test?
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Hello Primazamsa, thank you for asking.
Bacteria Helycobacter pylori is a gram-negative, spiral-shaped bacteria that live on the stomach wall and can cause chronic inflammation of the stomach. It is estimated that about 50% of the world's population has the bacteria acquired since childhood. This bacterium can live in an acidic stomach atmosphere because it has the enzyme urease. The enzyme will change the urea found in gastric juice, into ammonia which is alkaline.
Basically the urea breath test or ammonia breath test is a form of the same test. The goal is to assess the level of ammonia formed by the activity of H. pylori bacteria. This test is carried out on the advice of a doctor, if the doctor suspects the presence of gastritis, gastric ulcer, GERD, or duodenal ulcer that recurs and is caused by a bacterial infection. The results of the test will be used as a consideration for further therapy. If you are still experiencing doubts, you can discuss directly with the treating doctor.
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