H. Pylori and Hydrogen Breath Test

Breath testing refers to a variety of procedures that measure the gases produced by intestinal bacteria. It is done to diagnose the causes of symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Breath tests are simple, non-invasive ways for patients to identify the causes of gastrointestinal problems and get started on an appropriate and effective treatment plan.

If you suffer from gas, bloating, abdominal pain, or other painful gastrointestinal symptoms, don’t wait. Contact the Center for GI Health in Beverly Hills today. You can reach us at 310.657.4444 to schedule an appointment, or through our contact form.

 

H Pylori Breath Test

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H. pylori is an intestinal bacteria known to cause a number of gastrointestinal problems. Not only has H. pylori been shown to cause 80% of all stomach ulcers, it is also connected to a higher risk of gastric cancer. An estimated 50% of people have this bacteria inside them, although most don’t know it.

The most common symptoms of H. pylori are those associated with gastritis or peptic ulcer disease. These include abdominal pain such as a burning or gnawing feeling. The symptoms are often most severe on an empty stomach. Many people infected with H. pylori, however, never show symptoms at all. People with a family history of H. pylori are at a higher risk for the bacteria.

The best way to determine if you or your loved ones are infected is a simple breath test. This test only takes 10-15 minutes from start to finish and can be performed in the office. Your results will be given on the same day and the procedure is covered by insurance. We also offer low cash pricing for this important procedure. Please call our office to schedule your test and for the simple pre-test instructions.

If you test positive for H. pylori, treatment is a course of antibiotics followed by a second breath test to ensure the bacteria has been eradicated.

Hydrogen Breath Test

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A hydrogen breath test is a simple, in-office procedure that is done to diagnose patients with irritable bowel syndrome and certain food intolerances. There are three different uses for the hydrogen breath test. These include lactose testing, fructose testing, and lactulose testing.

Lactose Breath Test

This is done in-office and takes about five minutes. The purpose is to determine whether or not the patient is able to digest lactose, the ingredient in dairy that causes those who are intolerant to experience bloating, gas, and diarrhea. It is important that people who think they might be dairy intolerant – especially young women – get tested to know for sure. This is because cutting dairy unnecessarily from one’s diet can lead to a higher risk for nutritional deficiencies, particularly calcium and vitamin D.

Patient Instructions for the Lactose Malabsorption

Fructose Breath Test

This test is done in office and, like the lactose test, takes only about five minutes. The purpose of the fructose breath test is to determine whether a patient has the ability to digest fructose, which is the sugar found in fruit, honey, and many root vegetables. The most common symptoms of fructose malabsorption are gas, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea.

Patient Instructions for the Fructose Malabsorption Test

Lactulose Breath Test

This is an in-office procedure that takes about three hours to complete. The lactulose breath test is done to detect SIBO, or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. This is a condition in which an excessive number of bacteria populate the small intestine resulting in bloating, diarrhea, gas, vomiting, malabsorption, and other gastrointestinal symptoms.

Contact a Beverly Hills Gastroenterologist

Do you suffer from gas, bloating, abdominal pain, or diarrhea? Breath testing may be just what you need to finally uncover the cause. Ari Nowain, MD, is an expert in the latest and most cutting-edge breath testing technology. Contact us today to learn more or to set up your appointment.