Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

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Definition

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is an illness in which the bacteria found in the small intestine have grown to abnormally large proportions, which can cause infections and obstruction of the intestinal lining.

Diagnosis

The disease can be diagnosed by using a hydrogen test procedure, which measures the glucose levels of the small intestine as well as the presence of bacteria.

Treatment

The disease is treated by addressing what caused it. Antibiotics are also used to fight the bacteria and keep them from growing back.

Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms of the disease include recurring abdominal pain, abnormal bowel movements and headaches due to the pain brought about by the bacterial infection.

Causes

SIBO is caused by a variety of reasons. It can be an effect of other underlying diseases in the gastrointestinal tract, and other neurological and muscular illnesses.

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