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UlcerScreen FAQ's

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How does UlcerScreen™ work?

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When the bacterium H.pylori is present in the gastric epithelium specific antibodies are produced by the immune system. UlcerScreen™ specifically detects these anti H.pylori antibodies in blood and therefore shows the presence of the bacteria.

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When should you use UlcerScreen™?

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The UlcerScreen™ test should be performed if you have repeated stomach or intestinal pains (stomach ache, acidic, reflux etc.). The test can be performed at anytime of the day.

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How accurate is UlcerScreen™?

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The test results are accurate as long as the instructions are followed very carefully. However if the UlcerScreen™ test cassette gets wet before performing the test or if the volume of blood added to the sample well is incorrect, the accuracy of the test can be affected. The pipette provided in the kit is marked to show when the correct volume of blood has been collected. If used correctly studies have shown UlcerScreen™ has an accuracy of over 90% compared to reference methods.

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How to interpret the test if the colour and intensity of the lines are different?

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The colour and intensity of the test lines are of no importance in the interpretation of the result. The lines only need to be uniform and clearly visible and a line of any colour intensity by the 'Test' mark should be regarded as positive.

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What is the purpose of the line under the mark C on the cassette for?

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This is a test control and when this line appears it means that the test has performed correctly.

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If I read the result after 15 minutes, will the result still be valid?

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No, the result should be read within 10 minutes of adding the test diluent and is reliable only up to 15 minutes.

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What should I do if the test result is positive?

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If the UlcerScreen™ test result is positive it means that anti-H. pylori antibodies are present in blood. We would recommend that you should seek medical advice from your doctor who will decide if further investigation should be performed as the anti-H. pylori antibodies could be due a to previous infection that has already been treated.

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What should I do if the test result is negative?

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If the test result is negative, it means that the test could not detect anti-H. pylori antibodies in blood sample. However, as no test is 100% effective we would recommend that you consult your doctor if your stomach ache, gastric reflux or other worrying symptoms persist.