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SIBO Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Breath Test

SIBO small intestinal bacterial overgrowth breath test can confirm if this is adding to your bloating, loose stools, constipation, burping and indigestion amongst other digestive health issues.  This test measures levels of hydrogen and methane in the breath after ingestion of lactulose. Breath samples are collected 10 times over 3 hours from the comfort of your home. 

Results expected within: 5 working days

£175.00
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SIBO Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Breath Test

This test measures levels of hydrogen and methane in the breath after ingestion of lactulose. Breath samples are collected 10 times over 3 hours from the comfort of your home. 

Specimen requirements

12 breath samples collected over 3 hours.

Before Taking the Test

  • Full instructions are sent with the kit but as a guideline, you need to follow a low fermentable prep diet for 1 or if constipated 2 days before the test and then fast overnight when water is allowed..
  • No smoking, including second-hand smoke, for at least 1 hour before or at any time during the test.
  • No sleeping or vigorous exercise for at least 1 hour before or at any time during the test.
  • Recent antibiotic therapy, runny diarrhoea or colonoscopies may affect these breath tests.
  • Do not take probiotics the day before the test, while on the preparation diet, and on the day of the test.

Whilst on the prep diet do not eat

    • Grain Products: Whole grains products, including cereals and melba toast, brans or high-fiber cereals.
    • Fruits: Fruit juices, applesauce, apricots, bananas, cantaloupe, canned fruit cocktail, grapes, honeydew
      melon, peaches, watermelon. Raw and dried fruits like raisins and berries. Yogurt which contains fruit.
    • Vegetables: Vegetable juices, potatoes, alfalfa sprouts, beets, green/yellow beans, carrots, celery, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms, green/red peppers, squash, zucchini.
    • Vegetables from the cruciferous family: Broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, swiss chard, beans, lentils, etc.
    • Nuts, seeds, Beans: All nuts, seeds and beans, as well as foods that may contain seeds.
    • All Dairy Products (except eggs): Milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, butter.

Suggestions for meals to be eaten prior to testing;

    • Baked or broiled chicken or turkey. (Salt and pepper only)
    • Baked or broiled fish. (Salt and Pepper only)
    • Plain steamed white rice.
    • Eggs.
    • Clear chicken or beef broth.

 

Returning your sample

You will be responsible for paying to send the samples back. You can either use royal mail or you can arrange a courier service.  Samples need to arrive at the lab Monday to Thursday only.

Results 

Results are normally available in 10 working days after receipt of the sample at our lab. You will receive an email and SMS once your test results are ready to be downloaded from your secure account area, where you can also simply track and manage all your health test results at any time.