SMall intestine bacterial overgrowth lab testing
WHAT IS IT?
SIBO is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, occurs when the small intestine and digestive tract has become infected with an overgrowth of bacteria. Our bodies naturally have a wide variety of bacteria and produce hydrogen and methane in the small intestine. When there is the presence of excessive amounts of bacteria in the intestine the level of these gases is much higher than normal. These gases expand in the intestine causing discomfort, they are also absorbed by the blood stream.
HOW DO YOU TEST?
The test is done in the comfort of your own home. Utilizing lactulose breath testing, we are able to analyze a patient's breath sample, to assess if gases are being produced by an overgrowth of bacteria in the Small Intestine. The patient is required to go on a special 24 hour diet prior to testing and take 10 breath samples twenty minutes apart. 1 natural and nine after ingesting lactulose. The nine samples at different intervals allow us to test the breath for bacterial overgrowth as the lactulose travels through all the different areas of the intestines.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BACTERIAL OVERGROWTH?
WHEN WILL I GET MY RESULTS?
Results are usually received within 2 weeks of the sample being taken. Your doctor will go over your results with you at your follow up appointment.
All lab testing requires an initial consultation. Testing can be done the same day in most cases.