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Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Specialist

Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC

Board Certified Gastroenterologists located in Hattiesburg, MS

Bloating and diarrhea may develop from any number of causes, including small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Also, if you’ve recently had stomach surgery, your symptoms may be signs you have SIBO. At Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, which has two locations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the team of board-certified gastroenterologists offers advanced diagnostic testing and treatment for SIBO. To get help for your gastrointestinal symptoms, call or request an appointment online today.

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Q & A

What is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)?

Your gut contains trillions of microorganisms, including bacteria, that support health and wellness. However, most of the bacteria in your gut are in your large intestines.

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO occurs when there’s an abnormal increase in bacteria in your small intestines. 

The condition may develop as a complication after abdominal surgery or from a structural abnormality in your small intestines that affects the movement of digested food through your small intestine, allowing for the accumulation of bacteria.

You may also be at a higher risk of developing small intestinal bacterial overgrowth if you have a gastrointestinal condition such as Crohn’s disease or celiac disease. You may also be at risk of SIBO if you have a history of diabetes. 

What are the symptoms of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth?

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth symptoms vary in type and severity. Signs and symptoms that may indicate you have SIBO include:

  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea
  • The feeling of fullness in your abdomen

SIBO may also affect the absorption of nutrients and lead to malnutrition. 

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, the board-certified gastroenterologists at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC can help diagnose the underlying cause. 

How is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth diagnosed?

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth symptoms are very similar to other types of gastrointestinal conditions, which can make getting an accurate diagnosis difficult. 

However, the team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of SIBO and performs comprehensive exams and advanced testing to help you get the right answers to your health questions. 

During the exam, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical and surgical history, and performs a physical exam.

To confirm or rule out SIBO, your provider conducts a breath test. Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC uses the innovative QuinTron BreathTracker analyzers to get the most accurate results. 

The gold standard test for SIBO is an endoscopy. During the diagnostic procedure, your gastroenterologist uses an endoscope to collect fluid samples from your small intestine, which a pathology lab analyzes.  

How is SIBO treated?

The team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC develops individualized treatment plans for SIBO focused on the underlying cause of the excessive bacteria. In addition to addressing the cause, your provider may also recommend:

  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Diet modification

Your provider schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your symptoms and adjust your treatment plan as needed.

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO is a serious gastrointestinal condition that may lead to other health complications. To get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, contact Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC by phone or online today.