We use cookies to help us improve the website and your experience using it. You may delete and block all cookies from this site at any time. However, please note this may result in parts of the site no longer working correctly. If you continue without changing your settings we will assume you are happy to receive all cookies on this site.


Helicobacter pylori (Bacteriology)

Infection with H. pylori is associated with peptic ulceration. There is evidence that it may play an important role in non-ulcer dyspepsia.

General information

Collection container (including preservatives): Collect specimens in appropriate CE marked leak proof containers

Leak proof container Clostridium difficile

Specimen type: Faeces

Collection: Specimen may be passed into a clean, dry, disposable bedpan or similar container and transferred into an appropriate CE marked leak proof containers and place in sealed plastic bags.

Specimen transport: If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature

Minimum volume of sample: A liquid specimen of 1-2 mL is sufficient.

1 gram of solid specimen

Special precautions: The specimen is unsatisfactory if any residual soap, detergent or disinfectant remains in the pan.

Laboratory information

Measurement units: Not applicable

Biological reference units: Not applicable

Turn round time for provisional result (working days): 2 days

Turn round time to final result (working days): 2-3 days

Clinical information

Clinical decision points: Not applicable

Factors known to significantly affect the results: None known


(Last reviewed March 21st 2018)