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About Sibo Canada

SIBO Canada was developed to allow for Hydrogen and Methane breath tests to be more readily available to Canadian Physicians and Patients for the diagnosis of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).

SIBO Canada is a company that supplies The EasySampler™ Breath Test Kit from Quintron to Canadian patients. This is the most popular breath-test kit for at home breath testing for Hydrogen, and Methane gases. This patented breath-collection kit allows for patients to collect samples in the convenience of their home and mail their breath samples back to our laboratory for analysis.

Most physicians offices do not have the resources to have a breath test analyzer to do these tests at their finger tips. SIBO Canada has come up with a solution to help out the physician to be able to diagnose their patients with a simple solution to this problem. No longer will you have to ship to the USA or refer patients to another clinic for SIBO testing. This is the best option for the Canadian physician and patient. You can either have patients directly order through our lab or can purchase kits and testing that fits your clinic needs.

Why a Breath Test

Hydrogen and Methane breath tests are used as an aid to help clinicians asses patients with various digestive disorders. This breath test is most beneficial in diagnosing SIBO.

Here is why:

There are many testing methods for looking at bacteria in the gut. The most common are: Endoscopy with culture, Breath test, Stool analysis and Organic Acid testing. This tables shows the pros and cons of each of the testing methods.

What is SIBO?

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO): Like the name suggests, SIBO is where bacteria enter your normally sterile small intestine and begin to colonize. Studies have indicated that potentially up to 80% of patients with IBS may in fact have SIBO.

Common symptoms and reasons to test for SIBO: nausea, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, malnutrition, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), Leaky Gut Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Rosacea, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Fibromyalgia, Gastroeseophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Celiac Disease & Diverticulitis.

SIBO Breath Test

Breath testing measures the Hydrogen (H) & Methane (M) gas produced by bacteria in the small intestine that has diffused into the blood, then through the lungs, for expiration. H & M are gases produced by bacteria, not by humans. The gas is graphed over the SI transit time of 2 or 3 hours & compared to baseline (or first breath sample). Patients drink a sugar solution of glucose or lactulose after a 1 or 2 day preparatory diet. The diet removes much of the food that would feed the bacteria, allowing for a clear reaction to the sugar drink.

Tests:EndoscopyBreath TestStool AnalysisOrganic Acids
ProcedureInvasiveNon-invasiveNon-invasiveNon-invasive
Cost$$$$$$$$$$$
MeasurementDirectIndirectIndirectIndirect
CultureAble to culture only Aerobic bacteriaUnable to cultureUnable to cultureUnable to culture
Location of bacteriaOnly the proximal part of the small intestineThe whole intestine with the 10 breath sampleThe distal part of the colon onlyDoes not distinguish location of bacterial growth

How is the test performed?

The test is performed at home with a take home kit. It takes 1-3 hours in the morning after a 12 hour fast the night before and a special diet the day before.

Test Interpretation

The test will be interpreted by one of our physicians and an explanation of the test will be given. Treatment plans are up to your prescribing physician.

How does the Breath Test Work

There Hydrogen and Methane breath test can be used to diagnose SIBO.

Here is how:

  • Bacterial overgrowth produces excess quantities of Hydrogen and/or Methane gas.
  • These gases are not produced by humans but are the metabolic byproducts of carbohydrates produced by intestinal bacteria.
  • The breath test measures these gases and is therefore an indirect test; What is nice about the breath test is that it specifies which gases are present, as well as the location and severity of SIBO.