It’s a test that samples levels of hydrogen to diagnose Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) .
A sugar that your body is not able to digest, such as lactulose, is included in a substrate packet. You ingest the substrate packet and your breath is measured every 20 minutes for a 3 hour period.
If bacterial overgrowth is present, hydrogen will show up twice during the test. Once when the sugar passes the small intestine and once when it enters the colon.
If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to symptoms including:
Your doctor will give you instructions to prepare for the Bacterial Overgrowth Breath Test. There is a 1 day preparation period. You’ll be on a modified diet for the first 12 hours, and you’ll be required to fast for the second 12 hours.
Inform your doctor of:
It’s important to follow all of your doctor’s instructions.
After you ingest the sugar you take samples of your breath every 20 minutes for 3 hours. If SIBO is present hydrogen will show up twice during the test.
In that time do not:
You will go over the results with your doctor and they will walk you through the best treatment if SIBO is present.
You may resume: