Bacterial Overgrowth

A bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine can be caused by changes in the intestinal anatomy or in gastrointestinal motility or a lack of gastric acid secretion. A bacterial overgrowth can lead to vitamin deficiencies, to a fat malabsorption and malnutrition. Diagnosis is made by a breath test, or by quantitative culture of aspirates the intestinal fluid. The treatment consists of the administration of oral antibiotics. The syndrome of bacterial…

September 3, 2018
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