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Helicobacter. 2003;8 Suppl 1:13-20.

Diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori infection.

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The Haartman Institute, University of Helsinki, and Helsinki University Central Hospital Diagnostic Laboratory, PO Box 21, 00014 Helsinki, Finland.


Numerous studies are still published on diagnostic tests for Helicobacter pylori, essentially for noninvasive tests. The urea breath test is applied in different types of patients, and there are attempts to have quicker and simpler protocols. Stool tests using monoclonal antibodies are now evaluated while serology is still a subject of interest. The progress in PCR (multiplex PCR, real-time PCR) has also stimulated the research in this area of invasive tests, in order to get insight into virulence factors, macrolide susceptibility and to detect H. pylori in nonconventional specimens.

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