Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What is the Helicobacter Pylori-IgA test?
A Helicobacter pylori IgA test is used to detect IgA antibodies in the blood sample. Your body releases IgA antibodies in response to an infection caused by Helicobacter pylori bacteria. This virus mainly infects the stomach’s natural protective lining, which makes it susceptible to gastric acid damage. This can lead to chronic gastritis, stomach ulcers, and even stomach cancer over time.
What is the use of this test?
Antibodies to Helicobacter pylori are mostly IgG types. The systemic response of the IgA antibodies type is less useful, but if detected, it may indicate an early infection. A negative antibody test possibly indicates a past or current infection. This test is generally performed after the treatment of a helicobacter pylori infection. Your doctor might recommend a urea breath test and a stool test for further analysis.
Do I need to fast for this test?
Yes. You cannot eat or drink anything except water. Also, if you are taking any medications, make sure to discuss them with your healthcare provider before the test because some drugs can alter the test results.
What sample is required for the test?
Only a blood sample is required to perform this test. A laboratory expert will collect a sample of blood through a vein in your arm, and then it will be sent to the laboratory for examination.
What will be the result’s interpretation?
A normal test report indicates no IgA antibodies are found in your blood sample. An abnormal test report indicates IgA antibodies to Helicobacter pylori are found. However, every test report will include the reference range of the tested levels.
When will I get my test report?
You will get a soft copy of the test report within 24 to 48 hours after the sample has been collected.
Is a home sample collection available?
Yes, we offer a home sample collection without any extra charge.