QuinTron Breath Test in Hattiesburg, MS

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The QuinTron breath test is a diagnostic procedure used to analyze the gases present in the digestive tract by measuring their level of concentration in the patient's breath. At Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC, we evaluate individuals' breath samples for three types of gas: hydrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide. With this data, we can better understand how the GI system is functioning and detect certain kinds of disorders. To learn more about the process of conducting a QuinTron breath test in Hattiesburg, MS, call either of our local offices or request a consultation online.

The QuinTron breath test is particularly effective when it comes to diagnosing ailments and abnormalities originating from the small intestine. The gastrointestinal health providers at Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC commonly use breath tests to check for:

  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Sucrose intolerance
  • Fructose intolerance
  • Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)

If you are suffering from small intestine disorders in Hattiesburg, MS, your local gastroenterologist may use a QuinTron breath test to determine exactly what the issue is. We also use breath tests to ensure your treatment is working.

Your GI doctor in Hattiesburg, MS will offer instructions that you should be sure to follow so the results of your QuinTron breath test are accurate. The following preparations are typically recommended:

  • Fast for 12 hours leading up to the exam, consuming only water in that time
  • Avoid brushing your teeth before the test
  • Do not smoke (or inhale secondhand smoke) for at least an hour before the breath test
  • Do not sleep or partake in strenuous exercise for at least an hour before the test
  • If you recently had antibiotic therapy, a colonoscopy, or a barium study, wait at least 14 days before doing your test
  • You should also wait at least 14 days if you've recently experienced runny diarrhea or had an enema

If you are taking vital medication, your provider may instruct you to continue taking it before your test. If you have any questions or concerns about what you should or shouldn't do before your QuinTron breath test, make sure to bring them up with your physician beforehand.

Your provider may give you a special solution to drink before the test in order to get a response from the bacteria in your GI system. The type of drink they give you will depend on which disorder they're testing for. Once it is time to take measurements, they will test your breath a number of times with several breaks in between. Again, the number of measurements taken and the time interval between them will vary according to the ailment being assessed.

After samples are taken, your Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC specialist will need some time to interpret the results and formulate a treatment plan (if necessary). It usually takes about 48 hours, at which time you'll return for a follow-up appointment.

Not only is a QuinTron breath test convenient for the patient, but it's also a reliable, effective way for the providers at Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC to unintrusively detect a range of issues in the small bowel. To hear more about how we perform QuinTron breath tests in Hattiesburg, MS, request a consultation at our practice today. Our physicians have advanced tools at their disposal and the experience to help improve our patients' gastrointestinal health.

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