DRHC Dubai Gastroenterology Clinic

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Treatment at DRHC Dubai

What is SIBO?

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) occurs when excessive bacteria build up in the small intestine, disrupting normal digestion and nutrient absorption. Unlike the large intestine, the small intestine typically has fewer bacteria. SIBO can lead to various uncomfortable symptoms and health issues.

Symptoms of SIBO

Common Symptoms:

  • Bloating and abdominal distension
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Excessive gas and belching

Less Common Symptoms:

  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Nutritional deficiencies (e.g., vitamin B12, iron)
  • Fatigue and weakness

Symptoms can vary widely from person to person. If you suspect you have SIBO, it’s important to seek medical advice.

Causes and Risk Factors

Common Causes:

  • Motility Disorders: Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and diabetic neuropathy.
  • Structural Abnormalities: Issues like strictures, adhesions, or diverticula that trap bacteria.
  • Immune System Deficiencies: Conditions that weaken the immune system.

Risk Factors:

  • Previous Surgeries: Abdominal surgeries, especially those involving the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Chronic Diseases: Diabetes, celiac disease, and other chronic conditions.
  • Medications: Long-term use of proton pump inhibitors and other medications that affect gut motility.

Diagnosis of SIBO

  1. Diagnostic Tests:
    • Hydrogen Breath Test: Measures hydrogen levels in the breath after ingesting a sugar solution. Elevated levels suggest bacterial overgrowth.
    • Methane Breath Test: Similar to the hydrogen test but measures methane, which some bacteria produce.
  2. Endoscopic Procedures:
    • Small Intestine Aspirate and Culture: Direct sampling and culturing of fluid from the small intestine to identify bacterial overgrowth.
  3. Additional Diagnostic Tools:
    • Imaging Studies: Ultrasounds or CT scans to identify structural abnormalities.
    • Blood Tests: To check for nutritional deficiencies and other related conditions.

Treatment Options

  1. Antibiotic Treatments
  2. Dietary Modifications
  3. Probiotics and Prebiotics
  4. Herbal and Alternative Therapies
  5. Management of Underlying Conditions:
    • Treating conditions like IBS, diabetes, or motility disorders to prevent recurrence.

Prevention and Management of Recurrence

Preventive Strategies:

  • Lifestyle Changes: Regular exercise, stress management techniques, and avoiding known dietary triggers.
  • Long-term Dietary Modifications: Continued adherence to a low FODMAP or SIBO-specific diet.

Monitoring and Follow-Up:

  • Regular Check-ups: Periodic evaluations with your gastroenterologist.
  • Symptom Tracking: Keeping a diary of symptoms to identify and manage triggers.

Lifestyle Adjustments:

  • Stress Management: Techniques such as yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.
  • Exercise: Regular physical activity to promote healthy gut motility.

Complications of SIBO

  • Malabsorption Syndromes: Impaired absorption of nutrients leading to deficiencies.
  • Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies: Particularly vitamins B12, D, and iron.

Links to Other Gastrointestinal Disorders:

Book An Appointment

If you think you are suffering from SIBO or experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, don't delay. Contact DRHC Dubai to schedule your appointment. Our team of experts is here to provide you with compassionate care and personalized treatment to keep your digestive health in check. To book Your Appointment just call us at +97142798200 for consulting with Gastroenterology Clinic at DRHC Dubai.