Small Inestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) testing is a simple, non-invasive, grastrointestinal test that detects bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. Chronic gas and bloating are the most common signs of this treatable condition, but individuals may also experience diarrhea, irregularity, and abdominal pain.
Genova Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) testing is a simple, non-invasive, gastrointestinal test detects bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. Chronic gas and bloating are the most common signs of this treatable condition but individuals may also experience diarrhea, irregularity, and abdominal pain.
Normally, far fewer bacteria inhabit the small intestine than the ample growth found in the colon. Gastric acid secretion and intestinal motility keep the small intestine relatively free of bacteria. However, a wide range of abnormalities and malfunctions can encourage bacteria to multiply in the small intestine causing SIBO. The most common causes of SIBO relate to a decrease in the production of hydrochloric acid or pancreatic enzymes, thereby creating an unsterile environment for the small intestine.
The Bacterial Overgrowth of the Small Intestine Breath Test (SIBO) is appropriate for patients who demonstrate:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal disorder, affecting 20% of the general population. The SIBO test aids in identifying the actual cause of IBS. Studies suggest that as many as 50-75% of patients with IBS have SIBO/BOSI, as demonstrated by hydrogen breath testing.
Unexplained abdominal symptoms, especially gas and bloating
The inability to tolerate sweet or starchy foods, fiber, or friendly flora supplements
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Once bacterial overgrowth has been detected, intervention strategies involving diet, digestive support, probiotics and antimicrobials can be used to treat the condition.
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