Tests & Procedures

At Minnesota Gastroenterology, we know that patients and families want to know as much as possible about the test and/or procedure that is being recommended by a healthcare provider.  Refer to the list below to find the information that is most helpful to you.  If you still have questions, please contact us through our website Quick Links or call (612) 871-1145 to make an office appointment.


H pylori Breath Test

Your doctor has scheduled you for a H. Pylori Breath Test to determine if you are infected with this bacterium.

Your test is set for:_____________________________

Test will be conducted at:________________________

If you have any questions regarding the following instructions, please call our office at 612-871-1145.

This simple breath test to detect the bacteria helicobacter pylori takes approximately 15 min. First you will be asked to blow a breath of air into a small collection bag. Next, you will drink an 8 ounce citrus flavored solution. After 15 minutes you will blow a breath of air into a second collection bag. NOTE: If you have Phenylketonuria (PKU) and restrict dietary phenylalanine please call the number listed above.

If you have been treated for H-Pylori infection, treatment must be completed at least 4 weeks prior to the test. Patients need to be off all antibiotics for 4 weeks prior to the test and Proton Pump Inhibitors and/or Bismuth type medications 2 weeks prior to the test.
Note: Bismuth medications are Pepto-Bismol and all generic forms.

Antibiotics must be completed by:_________________________________

Stop taking Proton Pump Inhibitors and Bismuth on:___________________

Proton Pump Inhibitors include:

Generic Name US Brand Name
Omeprazole Prilosec
Rabeprozole Sodium Aciphex
Pantoprazole Sodium Protonix
Lansoprazole Prevacid
Esomeprazole Magnesium Nexium
Dexlansoprazole Dexilant

Note: You can continue to take H2 Blockers, such as Tagamet, Zantac, Axid and Pepcid as well as Antacids, such as Maalox, Rolaids, Tums, and Mylanta.

Day of Test: Patient must fast for 1 hour prior to the test. This means nothing to eat or drink after ____________________________________