H. pylori Serology Discontinued

Effective March 1, 2019, H. pylori IgG serologic testing will be discontinued as an orderable test at Spectrum Health Laboratory. This testing is no longer recommended by clinical guidelines.

The American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) and American College of Gastroenterologists (ACG) recommend stool antigen testing or urea breath testing to diagnose active H. pylori infection and guide therapy. Both tests offer high clinical sensitivity and specificity (>95%), and either test may be used to monitor resolution of infection in response to therapy. Both of these tests are available at Spectrum Health, please review test information below.

Please also reference this previous blog by Dr. Caulfield from October 2018: Helicobacter pylori Diagnosis – Serologic Testing is No Longer Recommended

Questions may be directed to Dr. Jennifer Stumph or Dr. Adam Caulfield using the “Contact Us” link above.


Helicobacter pylori Antigen, Stool [Epic: #LAB880 | CPT:  87338 | Interface: 11765]

Helicobacter pylori, Breath Test [Epic: #LAB572 | CPT: 83013/83014 | Interface: 11096]

Discontinued: Helicobacter pylori Antibody, IgG [Epic: #LAB158 |  CPT: 86677 |  Interface: 10151]

Discontinued: Helicobacter pylori Antibody CM [Epic: #LAB2111552 | CPT: 86677 | Interface: 10765]

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