Digestive problems are very common. Typical gastrointestinal complaints include gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. Several things could be causing these issues, including bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. In many instances, the bacterial overgrowth is often mistaken for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and not properly treated. However, a simple breath test can be done to help determine an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
A Hydrogen Breath Test uses the measurement of hydrogen in the breath to diagnose several conditions that cause common GI symptoms. The test involves blowing into a breath analyzer, which measures the patient’s baseline Hydrogen level. The patient then drinks an 8 oz. solution of Lactulose. The breath analyzer is used again to collect breaths at 15-minute intervals for 90 minutes.
Patient’s who test positive for Hydrogen are treated with antibiotics. The antibiotic treatment usually gives the patient great relief. Sometimes the bacteria may reoccur and will need to be treated again.
Do you suffer from stomach upset, gas or bloating? Do you have questions about heartburn, abdominal pain, chronic constipation or even colon cancer?
Tune-in to WJZ-TV13 on Wednesday, April 18 from noon to 6:30 p.m. for a special Digestive Disease edition of Ask the Expert with St. Joseph Medical Center. Call 410-466-1313 to speak live to doctors, nurses and other health professionals.
When you call, you’ll not only get access to our panel of physicians and nurses but we’ll also send you a free health kit that includes a Record and Medicine Tracker.
Don’t miss this chance to talk with a St. Joseph Medical Center specialist about your digestive system questions.
If you’d like to make an appointment with one of our physicians, call 410.337.1337 or visit www.StJosephTowson.com/FindaDoctor to find a physician in your area.