Gastrointestinal bacterial overgrowth: pathogenesis and clinical significance.

  title={Gastrointestinal bacterial overgrowth: pathogenesis and clinical significance.},
  author={Amit H Sachdev and Mark Pimentel},
  journal={Therapeutic advances in chronic disease},
  volume={4 5},
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is defined as the presence of an abnormally high number of coliform bacteria in the small bowel. It is associated with a broad range of predisposing small intestinal motility disorders and with surgical procedures that result in bowel stasis. The most common symptoms associated with SIBO include diarrhea, flatulence, abdominal pain and bloating. Quantitative culture of small bowel contents and a variety of indirect tests have been used over the years… CONTINUE READING