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Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)

Category: Illness or disabilities

Type

Involuntary

Introduction and description

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), also termed bacterial overgrowth, or Small bowel bacterial overgrowth syndrome (SBBOS), is a disorder of excessive bacterial growth in the small intestine.

Unlike the colon (or large bowel), which is rich with bacteria, the small bowel usually has fewer than 104 organisms per millilitre. People with bacterial overgrowth typically develop IBS symptoms including nausea, bloating, vomiting, diarrhea, malnutrition, weight loss and malabsorption.  The causes are the same incidentally, but this is just one more problem to contend with.

For more details on the causes and also suggestions for alleviation and treatments please follow the LINK to IBS.

 

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