The Cause Of Your Condition Is A Breath Away

Many different digestive conditions will cause abnormal hydrogen levels in your gut, which can be measured in your breath. A lactulose hydrogen breath test plays a crucial role in diagnosing the cause of bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation.

The non-invasive nature of this breath test helps patients avoid the discomfort and potential complications often associated with more invasive diagnostic methods.

A Non-Invasive Way To Diagnosis The Cause of Pain and Discomfort

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Why You Need A Breath Test

A lactulose hydrogen breath test provides insights into the health and function of the gut, particularly the small intestine.

It detects bacterial overgrowth by analyzing breath, providing crucial information for diagnosing gastrointestinal disorders like SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), lactose intolerance, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

The procedure assesses the time sugar takes to move through the small bowel and evaluates your digestion of specific sugars by analyzing the gases you exhale, typically hydrogen and methane.

How to Prep

For Your Breath Test

  1. We will provide you with specific instructions before your exam.
  2. Discuss your medications with us. Stop taking antibiotics and probiotics up to one month before the test, and no laxatives, fiber supplements, antacids, or prokinetics the week before.
  3. You will be asked to follow a specific diet the day before the test.
  4. Fasting is required for at least 12 hours before the test. No food or water.
  5. Avoid exercising or sleeping within a few hours of the test.
  6. Our staff is happy to assist you with any concerns or questions.

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What to Expect

The Day of Your Breath Test

This is a non-invasive, simple test.

  1. You will ingest the Lactulose solution as directed.
  2. Begin taking breath samples at regular intervals (Typically every 15-20 minutes for a period of 2-3 hours).
  3. Record your digestive symptoms from the test sugar.

Note: you may experience mild bloating or cramping during the test. These symptoms are generally short-lived and resolve once the test is complete.

Getting Your Results

We’re here to guide you through the results of your breath test. If your test results indicate a potential issue, we’ll discuss the next steps with you, which may include further diagnostic procedures, changes to your diet, or specific treatments to manage the identified condition.

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