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Different invasive and non-invasive diagnostic tests are available for the diagnosis of H. pylori in the individual patient. In practice, endoscopic tests are best for a primary diagnosis of H. pylori infection because endoscopy allows assessment of treatment indications. The new rapid urease tests may help the clinician in treatment decision-making. Culture is currently not recommended for routine evaluation, but it is becoming increasingly important in certain populations with higherdoi:10.1093/oxfordjournals.bmb.a011668 pmid:9604441 fatcat:ynrjzfys2ncnzbxngpj4vv4g54