Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (cont.)

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What's new in small intestinal bacterial overgrowth?

One of the major impediments to understanding the role of SIBO in causing disease is the lack of a good test for diagnosis. In the last few years, a new technique for studying intestinal bacteria has been developed that is promising. Bacterial RNA is extracted from samples of stool and then analyzed. The DNA analysis can determine the types of bacteria present as well as their numbers. Perhaps this new technique will be useful in clarifying the importance of SIBO.

REFERENCE: MedscapeReference.com. Bacterial Overgrowth Syndrome.

Previous contributing author, Dennis Lee, MD


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/10/2014

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