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Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) facts

  • Small intestine bacterial overgrowth is often associated with other underlying illnesses.
  • Symptoms involving the intestine are non-specific in the early stages and include indigestion, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and bloating.
  • As the disease progresses, the inability of the body to absorb nutrients from the intestine may lead to malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies that may help direct testing to find the diagnosis.
  • The diagnosis is often one of exclusion, making certain that other malabsorption syndromes also are not present.
  • Blood tests, breath tests, and biopsies or tissue samples from the small intestine may be required to make the diagnosis.
  • Antibiotics may be prescribed but the type and length of treatment depends upon the patient and the symptoms.
  • Any underlying illness will also need to be addressed at the same time once therapy is started for SIBO.
  • The prognosis depends upon how well the associated illnesses are managed. Relapse is fairly common.
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