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Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Test

SIBO is fast being recognised as a leading cause of IBS and Digestive symptoms.

Our simple home SIBO test can confirm if this is adding to your bloating, loose stools, constipation, burping and indigestion.

Normally the human small intestine is sparsely colonised by bacteria in comparison to the colon. Structural or functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract can lead to bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, with colonic bacteria proliferating in the ileum and jejunum. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), as it is known, is characterized by steatorrhea and diarrhoea, together with vitamin deficiencies and carbohydrate malabsorption as the overgrowth causes damage to the absorptive surface of the intestine. The syndrome is difficult to diagnose with accuracy using blood tests. Emma Nutrition SIBO Test

What is being measured?

This test measures levels of hydrogen and methane in the breath after ingestion of lactulose. If there is a peak in the breath before 120 minutes this would represent a positive result.

Specimen samples

Breath is collected 10 times over 3 hours done either at home or in the lab.

For the lactulose breath test the patient consumes 10 gm of lactulose syrup with 200 ml of water; alveolar air samples are collected at baseline and then every 20 minutes for 3 hours (a total of 10 samples). If the result is equivocal, it is recommended that the test should be repeated using 40 gm of lactulose.

Please Note

We only have a limited number of these home test kits available so I would be extremely grateful if you would complete the test within 7 days and return the kit to Biolab promptly so that it can be serviced and offered to other patients.

This test has been paid for in advance, but if the kit is not returned to Biolab the cost of the test equipment £75.00 for the Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth test will be deducted before a refund of the test fee can be issued.

Before taking the test

No food and no alcohol for 14 hours prior to the test, with only water to drink. Avoid slowly digesting foods such as beans and bran on the day before the test. Recent antibiotic therapy may interfere with the result. Avoid vigorous exercise, smoking or sleeping during the test.

Turn around time

10 days

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