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Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth

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by Stahl RJ

(SBBO; Bacterial Overgrowth, Small Bowel; Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth; SIBO; Bacterial Overgrowth, Small Intestine)

 

Risk Factors

Examples of conditions that may increase the risk of SBBO include:
Other risk factors include:
  • Intestinal surgery (eg, removal of part of the small intestine )
  • An obstruction in the small intestine
  • Weakened immune system
  • Being elderly (more likely to have conditions like diverticulitis)
Any condition that affects how food moves through the small bowel may increase the risk of SBBO.
 

Diagnosis

SBBO can be difficult to diagnose. The symptoms may be similar to other conditions. Your doctor will:
 

RESOURCES

American Gastroenterological Association
http://www.gastro.org/

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/index.htm

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
http://www.cag-acg.org/

Canadian Digestive Health Foundation
http://www.cdhf.ca/main.php/

 

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