Hydrogen Test - SIBO in Wroclaw

Professional Hydrogen Breath Test in Wroclaw.

This is an easy and non-invasive examination that allows for the detection of
hydrogen concentration in exhaled air.

Under physiological conditions, the presence of these gases in the small intestine is

An increase in gases during the examination allows for the detection of Small
Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), which is the overgrowth of bacteria in the
small intestine.

Hydrogen Test - SIBO in Wroclaw

How are tests conducted at our facility in Wrocław?

The patient inhales air into their lungs and exhales into a special bag, and then the staff examines the sample in the
QuinTron Breathtracker SC machine. Then, the patient consumes 10g of lactulose solution, which is a synthetic disaccharide composed of galactose and fructose, that is not absorbed in the small intestine and is fermented by intestinal bacteria. Lactulose moves down the digestive system, and bacteria break it down into short- chain fatty acids, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide. Hydrogen dissolves in the blood and is transported to the lungs, where its presence can be examined in exhaled air. The patient repeats the process of exhaling air every 20 minutes for 3 hours. If there is an elevated increase in hydrogen in the appropriate segment of the small intestine, it may indicate small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

What are the indications for conducting breath tests?

Indications for testing may include excessive bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, loose stools, constipation, reflux, heartburn, bad breath, feeling of overflow, fullness in the upper abdomen, headaches, and anemia. Symptoms may worsen especially after consuming products such as onions, garlic, leeks, cauliflower, and apples. After a prolonged period of illness, symptoms may worsen even after drinking a glass of water on an empty stomach.

What are the contraindications for hydrogen breath tests?

An absolute contraindication is hereditary fructose intolerance and reactive hypoglycemia.

Is a referral for the test needed?

The test does not require a doctor’s referral.

What is the preparation for the test like?

Read the preparation procedure carefully. This is very important, as incorrect preparation can disrupt the result and the test may need to be repeated at a different time !!!

On the day of the examination:

– Wake up about an hour before the test,
– Be on an empty stomach,
– You can drink a glass of warm plain non-carbonated water, which supports
intestinal peristalsis,
– Brush your teeth with toothpaste without xylitol or just water,
– You can use an antiseptic mouthwash,
– If you wear dentures, do not use denture adhesive,
– Do not perform any physical exercises,
– Sit in one place, do not lie down, do not sleep,
– Do not chew gum, do not eat any food,
– Do not take any medication, you can take medicine after the examination.

14 hours before the examination:

-Do not consume any food, except for plain non-carbonated water,
– Do not smoke cigarettes,
– Do not chew gum.

1-2 days before the examination:

– If you have diarrhea or normal stools, follow a 1-1.5 day diet,
– If you have constipation, follow a 2-3 day diet,
– You can only consume non-fermentable foods such as:

1. meat, fish, seafood, eggs,
2. still water,
3. rice in small amounts,
4. fats (olive oil, oil, lactose-free butter),
5. spices only pepper, salt,


– Do not consume fermentable products such as:

1. grain products (bread, rolls, pasta, groats),
2. dairy products and milk with lactose, plant-based milk,
3. vegetables,
4. fruits,
5. juices and fruit preserves,
6. nuts, seeds,
7. legume seeds.

3 days before the examination:

– Do not consume stomach drops, betaine HCl, apple cider vinegar,
– Do not take laxatives, such as lactulose,
– Do not take digestive enzymes,
– Do not take supplements with fructose.

1 week before the examination:

– Do not take probiotics and prebiotics,
– Bactericidal herbs (e.g. oregano oil),
– Avoid using proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 receptor antagonists (e.g. pantoprazole, omeprazole) in consultation with your doctor,
– Do not take prokinetic agents (Prokit, Tribux),
– Do not take high doses of magnesium and vitamin C.

One month before the examination:

– do not use antibiotics (furazolidone, nifuroxazide, bismuth preparations, ciprofloxacin),
– do not undergo colonoscopy, fluoroscopy.

What could be an example menu for 1-2 days before the examination?

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with ham only in butter without vegetables and bread; hard-boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs or fried eggs

Lunch: grilled chicken or fish, fried in olive oil, baked, stewed

Dinner: chicken or fish, etc .; eggs in any form

During the day, you can drink plain non-carbonated water, weak tea and coffee without sugar and milk.

You can perform the SIBO hydrogen test at our headquarters in Wrocław or remotely.

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Do the test at home

Purchase a shipping test from our online store, send the samples back to us and we will test them within 1-2 business days.