Basic SIBO Testing with the Lactulose Breath Test

SIBO, SIBO Test, Lactulose Breath Test

What is the SIBO Test? At Pearl Natural Health we offer the lactulose breath test, otherwise known as the “SIBO Test” is a simple, cost-effective evaluative test that you can conduct in your home. If you suspect you have SIBO this is a great place to start.

Our physicians process and analyze your SIBO  breath test results at the clinic and deliver the results to your ordering physician. It is then important to follow up so your physician can recommend treatment.

What is the SIBO Test?

The lactulose breath test has become the North American Standard for diagnosing SIBO.  When doctors and patients refer to a “SIBO TEST” they are usually referring to a lactulose breath test where hydrogen and methane gases are measured using the substrate, lactulose. If you are new to testing, the lactulose breath test is the place to start. Most patients only require the lactulose breath test to evaluate for SIBO.

Dr. Mark Pimentel, Director of the Motility Program of the Gastroenterology Department of Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California utilizes lactulose as the substrate of choice in testing.  He believes this test has a high level of accuracy when interpreted correctly. Dr. Pimentel is the author of A New IBS Solution and is considered the foremost expert on SIBO.

If you have been diagnosed with IBS, then testing for SIBO is important to do. A double-blind randomized study revealed that 84% of IBS patients exhibited bacterial overgrowth based on lactulose breath testing.*

 

How to order a SIBO Test.

  • Call us today to schedule your appointment and meet with one of our physicians for a complete evaluation and Lactulose Breath Test!
  • Contact your physician, if off site and ask for a referral to be tested. We will collect your refferal, ask for payment and send you the SIBO Breath Test to your home with instructions on how to conduct it as well as a return shipping label.
  • Within one week of receiving your test kit we will have the results to either send to your physician offsite or at Pearl Natural Health.
Call us today to schedule your appointment and meet with one of our physicians for a complete evaluation and Lactulose Breath Test!

 

 

 

* Am J Gastroenterol. 2003 Feb;98 (2):412-9. Normalization of lactulose breath testing correlates with symptom improvement in irritable bowel syndrome. a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Pimentel M, Chow EJ, Lin HC.