A hydrogen breath test is a non-invasive and safe test used to investigate intestinal disorders. You will be given a test solution to drink after you have fasted (not eaten) overnight. The concentration of hydrogen in your breath is then measured using a hydrogen breath test machine.
A hydrogen breath test provides information about the digestion of certain sugars or carbohydrates. This will help determine if you are intolerant to, or cannot digest, certain sugars. One example is lactose (milk sugar) intolerance, a disorder in which people develop symptoms after eating dairy products or foods which contain lactose.
The test is also used for detecting abnormal growth of bacteria within the small intestine. It is normal for bacteria to be found in your large intestine as they aid digestion. However, sometimes bacteria can grow in the small intestine and interfere with the digestion of food; this is a condition known as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). We usually administer lactulose (a non-digestible sugar) for this test. Bacterial overgrowth can cause a variety of symptoms including nausea, diarrhoea, bloating, gas, and abdominal cramps.
Nutritional issues are one of the biggest challenges affecting most Neuroendocrine Cancer patients. It is also a key factor in maintaining a decent quality of life and for most countries without adequate NET Specialist Dietitian support, it remains an unmet need. In this article, I'm discussing the use of probiotics to combat the potential issue of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in Neuroendocrine Tumours. When I first indicated this nutrition series was under construction, a few people got quite excited anticipating me to produce advice on what to eat. However, that was never my intention. What people should or should not eat is such a varied problem (or solution?) that anything I said would only really be of help to those for whom it worked - ergo this area is not an…