BACTEC™ FX system as a tool for culturing gastric biopsies and Helicobacter pylori diagnosis

A. Peretz, A. On, H. Koiefman, D. Brodsky, N. Isakovich, T. Glyatman, M. Paritsky

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Helicobacter pylori infection represents a key factor in the etiology of various gastrointestinal diseases. There are several acceptable methods to identify this microorganism. Some are invasive and some are noninvasive. This study demonstrates the use of BACTEC™ FX system for the growth and diagnosis of H. pylori isolated from gastric biopsy specimens, cut and placed in blood culture bottles, with subsequent incubation in the apparatus. Twenty-five positive and 15 negative biopsy samples tested using the quick urease technique, CUTest®, were collected from 40 patients with confirmed chronic gastric inflammation. The biopsy samples were manually cut using a sterile scalpel and placed in tubes containing 5 ml of fetal bovine serum. The resulting suspensions were transferred using a syringe into anaerobic blood culture bottles. These bottles were incubated at 35 C for a period of 7 days in the BACTEC™ FX system. All biopsy samples that reacted positive to the CUTest® and one biopsy sample that reacted negative to the CUTest® were confirmed as positive by the BACTEC™ FX system. In addition, there was a correlation between the positive culture and histology examination results. The use of BACTEC™ FX system significantly shortens the time needed for culturing, which makes the system more efficient in the identification of H. pylori. It should be emphasized that performing microbial culture testing has a significant role in monitoring antibiotic resistance, which cannot be done using other existing methods for H. pylori diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1541-1543
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


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