SIBO is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. It is a condition that presents much like IBS often with constipation and or diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramping, gas and/or bloating. Often times patients have had multiple tests and procedures that all show no issues and are given the diagnosis of IBS as a diagnosis of exclusion. SIBO is the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine that are normally found only in the colon. When these bacteria resided in the small intestine they overproduce hydrogen and/or methane gas which causes the symptoms. SIBO can be diagnosed by a breath test taken over the course of 2-3 hours. Treatment varies depending on type of gas produced and the patient’s comfort level with pharmaceuticals and/or natural substances. If you are suffering from IBS symptoms call our office or contact your provider about SIBO testing.
More information on SIBO and its relationship to many other conditions can be found at www.SIBOinfo.com.