In providing the Narre Warren hydrogen breath test, we remain as the most qualified and most experienced. This diagnostic tool is used to measure hydrogen found in the breath for the purpose of diagnosing a number of conditions that result in gastrointestinal symptoms. These conditions include:
I. Lack of normal digestion of dietary sugar
The common type of sugar that is often poorly digested is lactose, found in milk. If you are not able to properly digest lactose then you are considered lactose intolerant. Other sugars that may be tested include fructose, sucrose and sorbitol.
II. Small Bowel Bacterial overgrowth
This condition is when a number of colonic bacteria, than normal, are found in the small bowel/small intestine.
III. Rapid food passage through the small bowel/small intestine
It is important to note that the three conditions can result in flatulence, diarrhea, and abdominal pain among other conditions.
How the Narre Warren hydrogen breath test works
In the human body only anaerobic bacteria located in the colon are capable of generating hydrogen. The hydrogen is produced when the bacteria are exposed to food that is not absorbed especially carbohydrates
and sugars (but not fats or proteins). Usually, the amount of hydrogen produced
in the colon is small in quantity and quantity tends to increase often when
there is a problem with food digestion/absorption in the small bowel/small
intestine. This would lead to more unabsorbed food reaching the colon.
Furthermore, when the colon bacteria relocate into the small bowel,in a condition described as small bowel bacterial overgrowth, hydrogen in large amounts may also be produced. In such a situation, the bacteria usually come into contact with food that has not been fully digested and absorbed in the small bowel/small intestine.
In conclusion, consequently, the bacteria produced hydrogen in the colon or in the small bowel/small intestine come into contact by the blood that is flowing through the colon and small intestine/small bowel wall. The blood that contains blood subsequently moves to the lungs from where the gas is released through exhaling for it to be measured by the hydrogen breath test.