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DIAGNOSIS IRRITATIVE bowel

Do you recognize these complaints?

  • Chronic bowel-related complaints (e.g. abdominal pain, flatulence) lasting longer than three months, which are usually associated with changes in bowel movements
  • a relevant impairment of quality of life due to the symptoms
  • no changes characteristic of other clinical pictures that could explain the symptoms

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Irritable bowel syndrome is the most common gastrointestinal diagnosis worldwide. In the western industrialized countries the prevalence of the population is around 15%. Around 50% of patients with gastrointestinal complaints suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. Women are affected significantly more often than men.

SIBO - COMMON CAUSE, RARELY DIAGNOSED

In around 70% of those affected by irritable bowel syndrome, SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), ie bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine, is the cause. Bacteria that normally colonize the large intestine enter the small intestine.

Bacterial overgrowth should always be considered if ...

... common examinations (blood and stool analyzes as well as further exclusion diagnostics) do not provide clarity about the cause of the irritable bowel symptoms.

... you have had little or no success with therapy recommendations such as psychotherapeutic measures, the administration of pre- or probiotics, intestinal cures or intestinal rehabilitation, more or less fiber, whole foods, etc.

HOW IS A SIBO MADE?

In contrast to the large intestine, the small intestine houses only a fraction of the intestinal bacterial flora. If the colon bacteria now increasingly reach areas of the small intestine and carry out their regular tasks there, this can cause a number of problems.

Since important components of the food are digested too early by the bacteria in the case of a SIBO, this can result not only in an undersupply of calories, vitamins and minerals, but also in an increased increase in "air in the stomach". The bacteria produce gases such as hydrogen and methane as a by-product.

Due to the now enormously increased amount of "feed", the gas volume increases accordingly. Then that's the gas that plagues so many people with irritable bowel syndrome.

CLARITY THROUGH THE SIBOLAB BREATHING GUEST TEST

A large number of scientific studies have confirmed that in most cases, badly colonized bacteria in the small intestine trigger the irritable bowel symptoms.

The simplest and most effective method to date to diagnose SIBO is a breath test. Since the problem-causing bacteria produce gases that are exhaled through the lungs, incorrect colonization of these microorganisms can be measured through the breath.

Lactulose is used as the test substance. Under normal circumstances this cannot be digested and absorbed by the small intestine. In the case of an overgrowth in the small intestine, however, the lactulose is fermented by bacteria. The result is gases such as hydrogen and / or methane. With the help of the Sibolab respiratory gas test, these gases can be recorded as they are transported away into the lungs via the blood.

DETERMINE THE LOCALIZATION OF THE SIBO

With the Sibolab respiratory gas test, if a SIBO is present, you also have the option of determining the approximate location of the bacterial overgrowth. This allows you to better assess the severity of the disease. This also enables doctors and therapists to create a more tailored therapy concept for their patients and to provide a selection of foods that are tolerable for your patient in the current situation.