Collection Method: Breath

Measure: Hydrogen and Methane

Turnaround time: 3 days

The Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Lactulose Breath Test is a diagnostic procedure designed to detect the presence of excessive bacteria in the small intestine. This non-invasive test involves the ingestion of a sugar solution called lactulose, which is not fully absorbed by the body but is fermented by bacteria in the small intestine. As bacteria break down lactulose, they produce hydrogen and methane gases, which can be measured in the breath. Elevated gas levels indicate a potential overgrowth of bacteria, aiding in the diagnosis of SIBO.


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Why Choose the SIBO Lactulose Breath Test?

The SIBO Lactulose Breath Test is recommended in situations where there is suspicion of an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, which can lead to various gastrointestinal symptoms. Here are some reasons why the SIBO test may be recommended:

  1. Unexplained Gastrointestinal Symptoms: The test is often suggested when an individual experiences persistent symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence, and malabsorption of nutrients, without a clear explanation.
  2. Chronic Gastrointestinal Conditions: For individuals with chronic gastrointestinal conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), where symptoms persist despite standard treatments, an SIBO Lactulose Breath Test may be recommended to explore the possibility of bacterial overgrowth.
  3. Post-Infectious Gastrointestinal Symptoms: After a gastrointestinal infection, some individuals may continue to experience symptoms. SIBO testing may be considered to rule out or confirm bacterial overgrowth as a cause.
  4. Nutrient Malabsorption: If there is suspicion of nutrient malabsorption, as bacteria in the small intestine can interfere with the absorption of essential nutrients, a SIBO Lactulose Breath Test may be recommended to assess the presence of bacterial overgrowth.
  5. Unexplained Weight Loss: Unexplained weight loss, especially when accompanied by gastrointestinal symptoms, may prompt healthcare providers to consider SIBO testing as part of the diagnostic process.
  6. Recurrent Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth: For individuals who have previously been diagnosed and treated for SIBO, periodic testing may be recommended to monitor for recurrence or to assess the effectiveness of treatment.
  7. Chronic Fatigue: Some studies suggest a potential link between SIBO and chronic fatigue syndrome. If a patient presents with chronic fatigue alongside gastrointestinal symptoms, a SIBO Lactulose Breath Test may be considered.

With the SIBO Lactulose Breath Test, you can collect breath samples in the comfort of your home, which means no more tedious doctor visits or invasive procedures.  Simply follow the clear instructions provided in the test kit, and return the samples to our specialised laboratory for analysis.

We utilise state-of-the-art equipment and precise methodologies to analyse your breath samples. You’ll receive a detailed report outlining the presence and severity of SIBO, allowing you to take informed action towards effective treatment.

The test results can help guide appropriate treatment strategies, which may include specific anti-microbial, antibiotics, dietary changes, and other interventions to address the underlying bacterial overgrowth.



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