Gastrolab news for GPs
Volume 8: Summer 2015
Articles in this edition of "GUT FEELING" include:
- The Importance of Methane Breath Testing
Malabsorption of dietary sugars, such as lactose and fructose commonly leads to symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as bloating, cramps, and diarrhoea.
The hydrogen breath test is now a well-established non-invasive test for assessing malabsorption of sugars in the small intestine, and for the detection of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). There are patients however, who can suffer from the same spectrum of malabsorption issues but who produce little or no hydrogen, instead producing relatively large amounts of methane. This issue of the so-called “low/non-hydrogen producer” has been reviewed in a recent publication by Costello et al 1.