What you ought to know about Hydrogen & Methane Breath Test?

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Patients will have to ingest a small amount of lactulose or glucose and then have to blow the balloon with breath. This breath test procedure is repeated in every 15 to 30 minutes for at least three hours to measure the amount of hydrogen.

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What you ought to know about Hydrogen Methane Breath Test If your body is finding difficulty in absorbing the nutrients and the sugars then it causes the diarrhea abdominal pain bloating and several other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome which occurs due to the sugar malabsorption. The hydrogen breath test is performed to diagnose the malabsorption in the small intestine. However it is not necessary that every patient produces the hydrogen when malabsorbed. Some produce methane which can be diagnosed through the methane breath test. Generally human body produces either hydrogen or methane when sugar is malabsorbed into the small intestine. Hence the Hydrogen and Methane breath test is conducted for the diagnosis which is the non-invasive method and when perform combined it shows advanced accurate and significant result for the SIBO and sugar malabsorption. If the amount of hydrogen or methane is very small then the symptoms of functional gut disorder are not here. And if the amount is great then symptoms of gastrointestinal disorder are several. These symptoms make the life of its sufferers miserable with malabsorption. A varied amount of hydrogen and methane is produced in the digestive tract when the sugar in not absorbed completely and bacteria in the large bowel start the fermentation of carbohydrates. These gases are then passed from the intestine wall to the blood stream and then reached into the lungs where they are breathed out to measure the amount for the diagnosis. In a healthy body small bowel has a very small amount of bacteria and the large bowel has several bacteria present. When the malabsorption occurs in the small bowel it disturbs the passage to the large bowel and causes gas production and increased number of bacteria. This move some bacteria back into the small bowel which increases its deficiency to absorb the food and the result is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth SIBO.

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For instance the reason of fructose malabsorption is small intestine’s inability to absorb the fructose which causes bloating diarrhea cramps and several other gastrointestinal disorders. On the other side the reason of SIBO can be several it is not solely occurs due to malabsorption. Several other health issues could be the reasons of SIBO. When bacteria turn the carbohydrates and sugars into toxic substances then it causes diarrhea while the methane gas production becomes the reason of constipation in most human. To determine the type of malabsorption patients will have to ingest the sugar such as lactose fructose etc. and then breath is examined for the level of hydrogen and methane after every 15 to 30 minutes ingesting an amount of sugar again. Medical professionals interpret the breath samples to diagnose the type of intolerance or malabsorption. However the chances of false negatives are higher if only hydrogen is tested. The number of false negatives can be reduced by testing the methane along with the hydrogen in breath. However the SIBO Small Intestinal bacterial Overgrowth is diagnosed little differently. Patients will have to ingest a small amount of lactulose or glucose and then have to blow the balloon with breath. This breath test procedure is repeated in every 15 to 30 minutes for at least three hours to measure the amount of hydrogen. There are several other test methods available to measure the hydrogen and methane. But the breath test is the most popular due to its effective diagnosis and non-invasive method. Overall this test cannot only diagnose the gut functional disorders but can also help in diagnosing various carbohydrate malabsorption and SIBO.

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