Lactose malabsorption is a common condition marked by the inability to fully digest the sugar lactose contained in dairy products like milk and ice cream. This condition often results in a patient exhibiting a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms and discomfort.
A deficiency of lactase — an enzyme produced in your small intestine — is usually responsible for lactose malabsorption. Many people have low levels of lactase but are still able to digest milk products without problems. If you're actually lactose intolerant, however, your lactase deficiency will lead to symptoms after you eat dairy foods. Most people with lactose malabsorption can manage the condition with dietary modification.
Patients suffering from lactose malabsorption experience a variety of symptoms, including:
• Abdominal Cramps
• Nausea, and sometimes, vomiting
Following a 12-hour fast and 12-hour dietary preparation period, patients drink a substrate solution that contains high levels of lactose. CDI’s lactose malabsorption breath test then measures the breakdown of lactose over a period of time based on the amount of hydrogen or methane in your breath by capturing breath samples at regular 40 minute intervals. Normally, very little hydrogen or methane is detectable. However, if your body doesn't properly digest the lactose, it will ferment in the intestines, releasing hydrogen or methane and other gasses, which are absorbed by your intestines and eventually exhaled through the lungs. Larger than normal amounts of exhaled hydrogen or methane measured during a breath test indicates that you aren't fully digesting and absorbing lactose and may suffer from lactose malabsorption. Our lactose malabsorption hydrogen and methane breath test can be administered in-office or in the comfort of the patient’s own home.
The implementation of breath testing has been a major improvement in patient care for our practice. Bloating is an extremely common and frustrating complaint from patients that we can now provide an answer for in many cases.
It can be challenging to diagnose IBS-D and malabsorption in busy clinical practice. Having an objective marker to diagnose and reassure the patient and provider is a great asset in my practice. It also help me to manage the condition by using appropriate treatment.
It can be challenging to diagnose malabsorption syndromes in clinical practice. Having an objective marker like a breath test can provide diagnostic reassurance to both the patient and provider.
Breath testing for SIBO has been hugely beneficial for my practice over the last 3 years. It allows me to help patients who have seen multiple doctors without finding the cause of their problems, and who continue to struggle with digestive dysfunction.
My preferred treatment for SIBO is changing patient's diet. I get a lot greater compliance, when I can show them the results of their breath test. Rarely have to use antibiotics, if I can get them to change what they eat.
Patients enjoy the flexibility to do the test on their own time and the instruction booklet and video are easy to follow. From a provider standpoint, we get results back in a timely manner and getting both hydrogen and methane results helps us tailor care appropriately.
Breath test is a simple and noninvasive way to diagnosed these clinical conditions. The Kits from Commonwealth Diagnostics are shipped to the patient and is very easy to use at home without going to medical office or hospital.
CDI has provided an invaluable test that I use both pre and post treatment (antibiotics and a diagnosis-specific nutrition protocol), and this has enabled my patients to find both answers and an action plan to resolve their long term symptoms.
No struggles with insurance companies to cover the cost of medications. The kits from Commonwealth Diagnostics are convenient. I don't have to delegate office staff to run the tests, and we just hand them the kits. It couldn't be easier.