SIBO can be a cause of many health problems, including diarrhea, abdominal pain, and protein/fat malabsorption. In recent years, there has been renewed interest in SIBO since it has now been implicated in the pathophysiology of certain diseases previously not classically associated with overgrowth. The World Journal of Gastroenterology claims a definitive association between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and SIBO, suggesting that SIBO be excluded before diagnosing a patient with IBS.
Common conditions associated with SIBO:
How Is The Test Performed?
1. There is a 24-hour preparation phase before the test is performed.
2. In the first 12 hours, dietary restrictions must be followed. The patient must avoid all grains, fruit in all its forms, sugar in all its forms, dairy in all its forms, vegetables, nuts and seeds, alcohol and beans. Refer to the test kit instructions for permitted foods.
3. The last 12 hours is a fasting period. Only water can be consumed.
4. Included in the test kit is a packet of lactulose that is to be mixed with 4 ounces of water then set aside.
5. Collect a baseline breath sample before consuming the glucose or lactulose mixture.
6. After collecting the baseline breath sample, drink the mixture.
7. Twenty minutes after consuming the lactulose mixture, breath sample #2 is collected. Breath samples are collected every 20 minutes thereafter until all tubes are used.
8. Please refer to test kit instructions for more specifics on how to perform the collections and detailed instructions on medications, circumstances, underlying medical conditions, supplements, diet, etc. that may affect the results of the test.
Refer to test kit instructions for more specifics on how to do the collections and detailed instructions on medications, circumstances, underlying medical conditions, supplements, diet, etc. that may affect the results of the test.
Please note the following guidelines for lab test orders:
• Testing prices include domestic (US) shipping.
• We are unable to ship lab kits to PO boxes. Please use a residential address.
• We do not provide insurance billing for these tests. You will receive an invoice for your purchase for your records.
• Some lab providers fill out requisition forms ahead of time, with patient information. To avoid confusion when processing orders, if you are ordering lab kits for multiple people, we do request that you place a separate order for each person.
• Please note: after you order a test kit, completing the test is your responsibility. It is also your responsibility to have the test interpreted by a qualified professional.
• Due to the fees we incur after a test kit is sent, we are unable to offer returns or exchanges on test kits.
• Once you have sent in your lab kit, the lab will send us test results which we will forward to you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.