Diagnostic Breath Testing

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What is Diagnostic Breath Testing and What Purpose Does it Serve?

Diagnostic breath testing is a noninvasive way to help doctors diagnose a number of different digestive conditions. By analyzing your breath for specific gases, we can make diagnoses for certain conditions quickly and accurately.

Some of the conditions tested for include:

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth Syndrome (SIBO) – Bacteria growing uncontrolled in your small intestine can cause bloating, gas, cramping, and diarrhea. After drinking a sugar solution, various gases from the feeding bacteria will be present in your breath.

Lactose Intolerance – High levels of hydrogen in your breath after drinking a lactose-heavy beverage indicate your body isn’t properly digesting the lactose

Fructose Intolerance – High levels of hydrogen in your breath after drinking fructose dissolved in water indicates that your body has difficulty absorbing fructose, a form of sugar.

How Should I Prepare for the Procedure and What Can I Expect?

The doctor will give you specific instructions depending on what kind of breath testing we will be doing. You may be asked to fast the day of the test and to limit your diet to certain foods the day before your test. We may also ask you to refrain from smoking or exercising before your test. Testing times vary from a few minutes to a few hours. We will let you know what to expect for your specific test.

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