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Please explain how breath testing is used to check whether bacteria exist in esophages?
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: You have it wrong
Breath testing to assess for bacteria in the stomach (h.
Pylori) & in the small bowel (sibo=small intestinal overgrowth syndrome) is routinely used. Such tests assay for the byproducts of bacterial action on test substrate (thus indirectly indicating that live bacteria are present & at work in the gut). Bacteria are rarely clinically significant in the esophagus, & as such are not looked for there.

In brief: You have it wrong
Breath testing to assess for bacteria in the stomach (h.
Pylori) & in the small bowel (sibo=small intestinal overgrowth syndrome) is routinely used. Such tests assay for the byproducts of bacterial action on test substrate (thus indirectly indicating that live bacteria are present & at work in the gut). Bacteria are rarely clinically significant in the esophagus, & as such are not looked for there.
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