Children Now Eligible for Screening Test for
FRIDAY, Feb. 24 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration has expanded approval for a breath test that screens
for a common ulcer-causing germ, to include children aged 3 years
Helicobacter pylori bacterium causes stomach inflammation
(gastritis) and ulcers, and increases an infected person's risk of
gastric cancer and a certain form of lymphoma. In a news release,
the FDA said the BreathTak UBT test, approved for adults in 1996,
is now sanctioned for children.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates
that more than two-thirds of the world's population is infected
with the bacterium, abbreviated
H. pylori, but most infected people never have symptoms, the FDA said.
The BreathTek UBT test was newly approved based on results from
a multi-location clinical trial involving 176 children, the agency
The test is produced by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical,
headquartered in Rockville, Md.
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