The hydrogen-methane breath test is a non-invasive diagnostic test helpful in determining small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and methanogens (archaea) in the intestine (IMO – Intestinal Methanogen Overgrowth). The test is performed after oral administration of lactulose solution and measurement of the level of hydrogen and methane in the exhaled air at time intervals. During the examination, patients may experience bloating, abdominal pain, or loose stools. The test duration is a 180 minutes. During this time, it is recommended to lack of physically inactive and remain at rest until the measurements are completed. It is necessary to properly prepare the patient for the examination. By ordering the test via our e-shop, you will receive a kit for easy and safe self-collection of exhaled air. You will receive detailed instructions from us on how to prepare for the examination and how to collect exhaled air. After collecting the samples, simply send the material for analysis to our laboratory by courier. We will send you the results in English by e-mail.
The hydrogen-methane breath test is the highest standard for SIBO and IMO diagnostics
The gases detected in the test are produced in the intestines only by bacteria and archeon, hence their increased concentration in the exhaled air is an indicator of bacterial overgrowth. An additional parameter increasing the quality of the hydrogen-methane breath test is the assessment of the correctness of exhaled air collection in the tested sample thanks to the additional measurement of CO2 concentration. Additional measurement of CO2 concentration is the quality control of each sample collected so you can feel confident in each breath sample evaluated.
The test is for people suffering from:
- overflowing in the stomach,
- unwell after taking probiotics and/or raw vegetables and fruits diarrhea,
- suspected small intestinal microbiota overgrowth (SIBO) and methanogen (IMO).