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DIAGNOSTIC BREATH TESTING FOR ABDOMINAL SYMPTOMS

DIAGNOSTIC BREATH TESTING & DIETITIAN CONSULTATION

Food intolerances are among the most common cause of gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhoea, bloating, wind and pain. All of us know that we may develop abdominal symptoms with different foods. With so many diets advertised, how do you know where to start to manage your abdominal symptoms effectively?

WHO MAY BENEFIT FROM DIAGNOSTIC BREATH TESTING AND DIETARY CONSULTATION?

The low FODMAP diet has been scientifically and clinically shown to reduce functional abdominal symptoms in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), coeliac disease (not responding to a standard gluten-free diet) and inflammatory bowel disease (with limited inflammation).

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is IBS?

IBS symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhoea and/or constipation and bloating. People with IBS have a bowel that looks normal when examined with a colonoscope. Biopsies of the bowel are also normal under a microscope. While the bowel looks normal, it does not function normally and is sensitive to the fluid and gas within it. Bowel sensitivity may lead to abdominal symptoms.

How common is IBS?

IBS is common, affecting 1/6 women and 1/9 men. The symptoms can vary in intensity and may come and go.

What causes IBS?

The cause of IBS is unknown. Occasionally it may be triggered by an episode of gastroenteritis. Because the cause is not known, there is no cure for IBS, and treatment involves identifying and managing triggers.

How is IBS diagnosed?

IBS is diagnosed by your doctor. It is important that your doctor rules out serious conditions that may mimic IBS. In some cases, this may require referral to a Specialist Gastroenterologist or Surgeon for further tests.

What are triggers for IBS?

Not everyone is the same when it comes to triggers for gut symptoms but stress may make symptoms worse in addition to specific foods in the diet.

The low FODMAP diet approach has been shown in scientific studies to successfully reduce symptoms in 3/4 of patients with IBS.

Digestive Health Services and Dietary Specialists offer diagnostic testing and specialist dietary advice to provide the best management plan to control your symptoms.

Why see us for Diagnostic Breath Testing?

​We are the first group in New Zealand and the only group in Christchurch to offer a comprehensive service of hydrogen and methane testing to diagnose dietary causes for abdominal symptoms. Our experienced and friendly staff perform diagnostic breath testing three days per week and can answer any questions that you might have. Our Gastroenterologists have many years experience of interpreting and reporting diagnostic breath tests and work closely with the Dietitians at Dietary Specialists. Our equipment is carefully looked after by our Scientific Officer Dr Brace Dobbs.

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Diagnostic Breath Testing & Dietitian Consultation

DIAGNOSTIC BREATH TESTING FOR ABDOMINAL SYMPTOMS

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Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is very common. It occurs when the acidic contents of the stomach flow into the oesophagus (swallowing tube). This can cause a range of symptoms including:

DIAGNOSTIC BREATH TESTING FOR ABDOMINAL SYMPTOMS

The low FODMAP diet has been scientifically and clinically shown to reduce functional abdominal symptoms in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), coeliac disease (not responding to a standard gluten-free diet) and inflammatory bowel disease (with limited inflammation).

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40 Stewart St. Christchurch 8011, NZ

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