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What is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth?
-Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) refers to a condition in which an abnormally large number of bacteria which are seen in the large intestine are present in the small bowel.
What are the symptoms of SIBO?
-Patients with SIBO present in a variety of ways, symptoms include nausea, gas, abdominal pain, vomiting, bloating, diarrhea, joint pain, fatigue, , depression, malnutrition and weight loss. These symptoms are very non-specific and found in a variety of different conditions making the diagnosis at times very challenging.
What is the cause of SIBO?
-SIBO is due to the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine impairing absorption and causing small bowel inflammation. Conditions that are known to contribute to SIBO include
Small Intestinal Surgery
-As you can see, SIBO is linked to many conditions, and not all of them are linked to the gastrointestinal tract.
What is the treatment for SIBO?
-Treatment includes controlling the underlying associated condition and illness. Antibiotics are most helpful in controlling and decreasing the number of excess bacteria in the small intestine.