The concept of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in relation to functional gastrointestinal disorders

Peter Gibson, Jacqueline Barrett

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The role of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in the genesis of functional gut symptoms is controversial, but therapeutic benefits of antibiotics in controlled trials have highlighted the need to better evaluate and manage this state. Its definition is unclear due to limitations in assessing the microbiota in the small intestine and uncertainty regarding what is normal. Methodologies to detect bacterial overgrowth in clinical practice have limitations
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1038 - 1043
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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