SIBO breath testing is a simple, non-invasive test that checks for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). This test may be performed in-office or at home, so patients can find out if they have this disorder.
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is a disorder that happens when an overgrowth or excess of bacteria commonly not found in the small intestine leads to the release of methane and hydrogen when you exhale. Both methane and hydrogen appear on a SIBO test, so your doctor can get a good idea of which bacteria have overgrown in the small intestine.
SIBO is caused by:
Previous gastrointestinal infection
Complications following abdominal surgery
You may be at risk of this disorder if you have ever:
This condition could lead to vitamin deficiencies, osteoporosis, kidney stones, and trouble absorbing protein, fats, and carbohydrates.
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth has uncomfortable symptoms, which is why patients head to see their medical providers. Some of the symptoms of SIBO disorder include:
A loss of appetite
You need to consult a doctor if you are showing signs of SIBO. More severe symptoms that require immediate attention include:
If you develop severe pain, seek emergency care.
If the SIBO test comes back positive, then the clinical team works on a treatment plan. Usually, this includes:
The goal of treatment is to help you find relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of SIBO.
If you are wondering where to find a breath testing service near me? The NY Center for Integrative Medicine in Manhattan is prepared to help you and other Manhattan residents with SIBO breath testing. Call our office at (718) 866-3695 to book an appointment.
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