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eISSN: 1643-3750

14C-urea breath test as a ‘Gold Standard’ for detection of Helicobacter Pylori infection

C. M. Pathak, D. K. Bhasin, K. A. Pramod, K. L. Khanduja

Med Sci Monit 2004; 10(8): LE14-15

ID: 11744

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Dear Editor,
We have read with great interest the article by Gonzalez and colleagues appeared in Med Sci Monit, 2003; 9: CR 363–68 [1] indicating high sensitivity (95%) but low specifi city (35–45%) of the [sup]14[/sup]C-urea breath test (14C-UBT) for the detection of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection. Perhaps this is the only report that showed poor specifi city of [sup]14

Keywords: Breath Tests - methods, Carbon Radioisotopes - diagnostic use, Helicobacter Infections - diagnosis, Helicobacter pylori - metabolism, Humans, Sensitivity and Specificity, Urea - diagnostic use, Breath Tests - methods, Carbon Radioisotopes - diagnostic use, Helicobacter Infections - diagnosis, Helicobacter pylori - metabolism, Humans, Sensitivity and Specificity, Urea - diagnostic use



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