Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). IBS can cause cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. Even though signs and symptoms may be present, IBS, unlike ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, (which are forms of inflammatory bowel disease) does not cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer. IBS is the most common GI disorder with worldwide prevalence rates
ranging from 10%-15%. There are over three million annual physician visits for IBS in the USA. Recent research has shown that up to 84% of those with an IBS diagnosis test positive for a small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) breath test.
What is SIBO?
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is defined as the presence of excessive bacteria in the small intestine. SIBO is frequently the cause of chronic diarrhea and malabsorption in addition to Intestinal Permeability. People with SIBO may also suffer from unintentional weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, and osteoporosis. A common misconception is that SIBO affects only a limited number of patients, such as those with an anatomic abnormality of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract or those with a motility disorder. SIBO may be more prevalent than previously thought. This apparent increase in prevalence may have occurred, in part, because readily available diagnostic tests have improved our ability to diagnose SIBO.
Signs & Symptoms
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Consists of a finger prick test.