This is a simple and safe test used to detect an active H. pylori infection. H.pylori is a bacteria that can infect the stomach or duodenum. If untreated, the bacteria can cause gastritis and duodenal or gastric ulcers.
You will exhale into a balloon-like bag. The air you breathe into the first bag will be tested to provide a baseline sample. You will then drink a small amount of solution. After 15 minutes, a second breath sample will be taken. The air you breathe into this bag will be tested for an increase in carbon dioxide.