Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) can be diagnosed by testing your breath samples for levels of hydrogen and methane. After ingesting a lactulose test substrate, you collect breath samples every 20 minutes over a 3-hour period, in the comfort of your own home.
Lactulose is not absorbed and therefore acts as a food source for bacteria, if present, in the small intestine.
The bacteria ferment the testing substance and produce hydrogen and/or methane. These are diffused into the blood stream and exhaled via the breath. Breath samples are collected every 20 minutes for 3 hours.
Elevated levels of hydrogen and/or methane gas within the first 100 minutes of test indicate the presence of bacteria in the small intestine.
A third gas, hydrogen sulphide, can also be present but cannot be assessed via breath testing at this time.
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