The 13 C urea breath test in the diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori infection

@inproceedings{Savarino1999The1C,
  title={The 13 C urea breath test in the diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori infection},
  author={Vincenzo Savarino and Sergio Vigneri and Guido Celle},
  year={1999}
}
The urea breath test (UBT) is one of the most important non-invasive methods for detecting Helicobacter pylori infection. The test exploits the hydrolysis of orally administered urea by the enzyme urease, which H pylori produces in large quantities. Urea is hydrolysed to ammonia and carbon dioxide, which diVuses into the blood and is excreted by the lungs. Isotopically labelled CO2 can be detected in breath using various methods. Labelling urea with C is becoming increasingly popular because… CONTINUE READING