Many stomach diseases are associated with infection. Historically, it was widely believed that the highly acidic environment of the stomach would keep the stomach immune from infection. However, a large number of studies have indicated that most cases of stomach ulcers, gastritis, and stomach cancer are caused by Helicobacter pylori infection. One of the ways it is able to survive in the stomach involves its urease enzymes which metabolize urea (which is normally secreted into the stomach) to ammonia and carbon dioxide which neutralizes gastric acid and thus prevents its digestion. In recent years, it has been discovered that other Helicobacter bacteria are also capable of colonizing the stomach and have been associated with gastritis.
Private MD Lab Services offers the following gastrointestinal disease-related tests:
|Acute Pancreatitis Panel|
|H. Pylori Antibodies, IgG|
|H. Pylori Antibodies, IgM, IgG, IgA|
|H. Pylori Screening (Advanced)|
|Ova and Parasites Examination|
|Protein, Total, Serum|