Helicobacter pylori IgG
Helicobacter pylori IgG antibodies – a serological blood test that shows specific IgG antibodies against Helicobacter pylori. Helicobacter pylori causes diseases of the stomach and duodenum, such as erosion, ulcers and chronic gastritis. Positive IgG results indicate that the person has been infected or is currently infected with an active form of Helicobacter pylori infection. Helicobacter pylori IgG antibody testing is required if you have problems with indigestion, fullness/heaviness after eating, bloating or heartburn.
Helicobacter pylori is a microorganism found in the stomach. This bacterium is special because, unlike many others, it is adapted to living in acidic environments. According to the WHO, the majority of the human population (30-40%) carries this bacterium in their stomach lining.
It has been observed that people without this bacterium are less likely to suffer from gastrointestinal diseases such as erosions, ulcers and chronic active gastritis. Sufferers have a “burning” stomach after eating, irritation and straining. In this context, people with ulcers are often advised to eradicate the Helicobacter pylori bacteria in the body so that they no longer irritate it. Depending on their activity and quantity, these bacteria interfere with sleep quality, cause bad breath and promote the formation of cancer cells.
In addition to Helicobacter pylori bacteria, gastric diseases are also influenced by factors such as genotype, stress, smoking, coffee, alcohol, use of anti-inflammatory drugs (orally) and poor dietary habits. Often people with stomach problems like to eat before going to bed, which they should not do. Overeating or prolonged fasting and skipping breakfast are also common. Your diet should be regular throughout the day. If you have stomach problems, you should avoid dairy products, citrus fruits, chocolate, fizzy drinks, and start a cycle of stomach calming drugs or, alternatively, take therapeutic licorice teas.
There are several ways to detect the bacterium:
– Serological blood tests
– Detection of antigens in a faecal sample
– Gastric mucosal biopsy
– Breath sample
Inflammation and damage to the stomach lining caused by the bacteria are manifested by abdominal pain, indigestion, bloating, and a feeling of heaviness after eating.
A serological blood test detects specific IgG antibodies against Helicobacter pylori. A positive test result indicates that the person has had an infection or is infected with an active form of Helicobacter pylori infection. IgA and IgM antibody tests are recommended to increase the reliability and specificity of the test.
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