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What is the SIBO hydrogen breath test?

Patients in the Brooklyn, New York area struggling with chronic digestive problems such as bloating, indigestion, or constipation may want to speak to a gastroenterologist in the community about testing for conditions such as SIBO. SIBO, which stands for “small intestine bacterial overgrowth,” is a gastrointestinal disorder that can result in various issues for the digestive tract. With a proper evaluation and screening, Dr. Alexander Shapsis and his team at Atlantic Gastroenterology can assess a patient and determine if a definitive diagnosis can be made. Once the doctor and patient have the necessary information, they can discuss treatment options that can be used as a remedy for SIBO.

SIBO Hydrogen Breath Test in Brooklyn NY Area

What is SIBO?

SIBO is a condition that can often result in chronic gastrointestinal issues. Some of the most common symptoms seen in patients who have SIBO include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Gas 
  • Indigestion

Patients may also find that they cannot tolerate certain types of foods, including sweet foods, starchy foods, foods high in fiber, or even flora supplements. This condition sometimes coincides and can be confused with Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. To determine if this condition is present, it is vital that patients work with Dr. Alexander Shapsis to undergo the SIBO hydrogen breath test

What is the SIBO hydrogen breath test?

Dr. Shapsis describes this testing technique as a specialized way to measure the digestion and absorption of sugars, including fructose and lactose. Looking at hydrogen levels can help determine if bacteria in the colon are present and are causing the patient’s discomfort.

Call the office of Atlantic Gastroenterology in Brooklyn, NY, to find out more

If you live in Brooklyn and are interested in learning more about SIBO and SIBO testing, we welcome you to our practice! Dr. Alexander Shapsis and his team are here to educate you on ways to improve your digestive system and address intestinal problems. Call 718 521-2840 to request an appointment at one of our two office locations in the Brooklyn community. We are open to new and returning patients ready to take charge of their digestive and intestinal health.

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