SIBO Breath Test (Hydrogen + Methane)

$375.00

All tests from Nutrition with Judy include a detailed analysis (notes) that include Nutrition with Judy explanations, dietary and supplement recommendations, as well as customized next steps based on your test results.

SIBO Profiles are non-invasive breath tests that capture exhaled hydrogen (H2) and methane (CH4) gases following patient ingestion of a lactulose solution to evaluate bacterial overgrowth of the
small intestine.

The 3-hour SIBO profile provides insight into gas levels over a longer period of time and is recommended for patients with slower gastrointestinal transit or constipation.

Symptoms of SIBO are non-specific, encompassing abdominal pain/distention, diarrhea, and flatulence.

If you have been eating a meat-based diet and cannot get rid of abdominal cramping, loose stools and/or constipation, you may want to try the SIBO breath test.

Conditions commonly associated with SIBO include:

  • IBS
  • IBD
  • Celiac Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rosacea
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Obesity

Not available in NY, NJ & RI

All tests from Nutrition with Judy include a detailed analysis (notes) that include Nutrition with Judy explanations, dietary and supplement recommendations, as well as customized next steps based on your test results.

SIBO Breath Test (Hydrogen + Methane)

SIBO Profiles are non-invasive breath tests that capture exhaled hydrogen (H2) and methane (CH4) gases following patient ingestion of a lactulose solution to evaluate bacterial overgrowth of the
small intestine.

The 3-hour SIBO profile provides insight into gas levels over a longer period of time and is recommended for patients with slower gastrointestinal transit or constipation.

When should testing for SIBO be considered?
Symptoms of SIBO are non-specific, encompassing abdominal pain/distention, diarrhea, and flatulence.

Conditions commonly associated with SIBO include:

  • IBS
  • IBD
  • Celiac Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rosacea
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Obesity

Risk factors for the development of SIBO include structural/anatomic issues, motility disorders, organ system dysfunction, elderly age and various medications (recurrent antibiotics, PPIs) that alter the gut microflora populations.

Symptomatic patients with any underlying conditions or risk factors warrant an assessment for SIBO.


What advantage does the SIBO breath test offer compared to other diagnostics?

While aspiration of small bowel fluid (followed by culture and bacterial count) is considered to be the current gold standard for diagnosis of SIBO, it is not routinely performed because it requires a complex, invasive technique, and is costly. As a result, experts suggest breath testing for the diagnosis of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

What can clinicians and patients expect from the SIBO breath testing?
In general, clinical management of the SIBO patient involves antimicrobial therapy, prokinetic agents, nutrient supplementation, dietary interventions, and treatment of comorbid conditions.

Genova’s SIBO profiles reflect the current state of scientific understanding related to SIBO breath testing and results interpretation – and are designed to optimize management of the symptomatic patient.

 

Important prep before patient takes test

2-4 WEEKS BEFORE THE TEST:

  • Wait 4 weeks from your last dose of antibiotics, colonoscopy or barium enema.
  • Wait at least 2-4 weeks from your last dose of antifungals, Pepto-Bismol™ or herbal/natural antimicrobial products.

7 DAYS BEFORE THE TEST:

  • Avoid the use of laxatives, stool softeners, and/or stool bulking agents as well as antacids containing aluminum or magnesium hydroxide.

24 HOURS BEFORE THE TEST:

  • Foods you CAN eat before you start your 12 hour fast:
    Baked or broiled chicken, fish or turkey (salt and pepper only), white bread (only), plain steamed white rice, eggs, clear chicken or beef broth with no vegetable pieces, water, plain coffee, or tea (no sugar/ artificial sweeteners or cream).
  • Vegetarians may have tofu with salt and pepper.
  • Do not take probiotics.

12 HOURS BEFORE THE TEST:

  • Fast for 12 hours prior to the test. Do not eat or drink anything other than water for 12 hours prior and during the test.
  • Do not take non-essential medications or supplements until the test is completed, unless your physician has advised you otherwise. Do not chew gum, eat candy, or use mouthwash until the test is completed.

1 HOUR BEFORE THE TEST:

  • No smoking, including second-hand smoke, for at least 1 hour before or at any time during the breath test.
  • No sleeping or vigorous exercise for at least 1 hour before or at any time during the breath test.
  • Do Not Use Toothpaste.

Special Instructions for patients weighing 100 pounds or less:
Follow the instructions on the blue bag for rolling and stapling the bag in accordance with weight. (Note: stapling will not damage the bag or affect the results).

Important Things to Know and Consider:

This test uses lactulose; since lactulose contains galactose and lactose, it is not recommended for individuals who have had allergic reactions to lactulose, or who are on a galactose/ lactose restricted diet. It should be used with caution in diabetics.

Do not open, remove, or loosen the tops of collection tubes–this will break the vacuum and make it impossible to perform your test. Do not stick your finger into the mouthpiece/plastic bag – there is a sharp needle inside.

We do not suggest collecting during an acute infectious illness. This collection is extremely time-sensitive. You need to carefully plan the morning around these timed collections. An uninterrupted 2 or 3 hours is ideal.

Use the Breath Collection Schedule Table on the front of the Requisition to help you schedule your collection times. Be sure you fill in the Table as the test progresses.

Specimen Requirements

SIBO 2 Hr – Six fasting breath samples, taken at Baseline, 20 minutes, 40 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, and 120 minutes

SIBO 3 Hr – Eight fasting breath samples, taken at Baseline, 20 minutes, 40 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, 120 minutes, 150 minutes, and 180 minutes

General Tips

  • Wait at least 4 weeks after a colonoscopy or barium enema before beginning the test.
  • If you are using antibiotics, antifungals or Pepto-Bismol, wait at least 2 weeks from your last dose before beginning this test.
  • It is not recommended to perform this exam during an acute infectious illness.

Medications and Dietary Instructions:

ONE WEEK BEFORE THE PROCEDURE:

  • Avoid the use of laxatives, stool softeners and/ or stool bulking agents (Ex-Lax, Colace, Metamucil, Miralax).
  • Avoid the use of antacids containing aluminum or magnesium hydroxide (Maalox, Milk of Magnesia, Mylanta, Rolaids).
  • Hold Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) (Omeprazole, Lansoprazole, Dexlansoprazole, Esomeprazole, Pantoprazole, Rabeprazole)
  • Hold motility agents such as Loperamide (Imodium) or Metoclopramide (Reglan) for 2 days prior to testing

ON THE DAY BEFORE THE PROCEDURE:

  • Follow a low-residue diet that minimizes non-absorbable carbohydrates (starches and sugars)
  • Avoid fruits (including fruit juices) and vegetables, sugar, fiber or bran cereals, high fiber foods/ whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, milk, ice cream, yogurt, butter and alcoholic beverages.
  • A typical prep diet is limited to baked or broiled fish/ poultry/ meat with salt and pepper only, eggs, hard cheeses, clear beef or chicken broth (not bone broth or bouillon).
  • Drink water, non-flavored black coffee or tea.

ON THE DAY OF THE PROCEDURE:

  • No food or drink other than water for 12 hours prior to your breath test.
  • You may take your prescription medications with a sip of water on the morning of the test.
  • You may brush your teeth on the morning of the test.
  • No smoking, including second-hand smoke, for at least 1 hour before or at any time during the breath test.
  • No sleeping or vigorous exercise for at least 1 hour before or at any time during the breath test.
  • By drinking a solution that feeds bacteria and breathing into a test tube at twenty-minute intervals for three hours, your breath samples are measured to determine your levels of hydrogen and methane gas.

Test Preparation and Reminders

Please make sure ALL information is entered onto the test requisition form included in the kit and all required clinician and patient signatures are completed (missing information may cause a delay in testing and/or interpretation).

  • Be sure to follow the specimen collection instructions.
  • If the use of cold pack is required, freeze bag containing cold pack for minimum of 4-6 hours before shipping.
  • Make sure collection containers are securely closed and placed in the appropriate bag/box.
  • Check whether the box has prepaid FedEx, UPS or US Mail postage.

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