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Test Code HELICS Helicobacter pylori Culture with Reflex to Susceptibility

Performing Laboratory

Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, San Juan Capistrano, CA



Specimen Required

Container/tube:  Brucella Broth or equivalent with 10 - 20% glycerol.

Specimen: 3mm (1 mm min) Gastric  Biopsy

Transport Temperature: Refrigerated

Stability:  48 Hours Refrigerated

               Frozen -70° C: 5 days (glycerol broth only)


If Helicobactor pylori culture result is "Isolated", then Antimicrobial Suscept, Helicobacter pylori, MIC Panel will be performed at an additional charge

Reference Values

Not Isolated


TAT: 10 - 12 Days

Test Classification and CPT Coding




Useful For

Helicobacter pylori has been associated with peptic ulcer disease and cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. In 1994, the U.S. National Institute of Health Consensus Development Conference concluded that H. pylori infection represents the major cause of peptic ulcer disease and antimicrobial treatment is recommended for patients with the confirmed disease.

Computer Interface Code

PDM #  1859717