Abnormal Breath Testing in IBS: A Meta-Analysis

@article{Shah2010AbnormalBT,
  title={Abnormal Breath Testing in IBS: A Meta-Analysis},
  author={Eric D. Shah and Robert J. Basseri and Kelly Chong and Mark Pimentel},
  journal={Digestive Diseases and Sciences},
  year={2010},
  volume={55},
  pages={2441-2449}
}
BackgroundRecent evidence suggests a role for enteric bacteria in the development of symptoms in subjects with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The concept was initially based on the common finding of an abnormal lactulose breath test to suggest the presence of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Despite successful antibiotic studies based on these findings, the premise of bacterial overgrowth was met with skepticism due to the perceived inaccuracies of breath testing in humans. In… 

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