Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth syndrome

Authors: L. Kužela
Authors‘ workplace: Detská fakultná nemocnica s poliklinikou Bratislava
Published in: Gastroent Hepatol 2015; 69(1): 70-72
Category: Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology: Review Article
doi: 10.14735/amgh201570


Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth syndrome (SIBO) is a clinical syndrome characterized by increased number and/ or abnormal type of bacteria in the small bowel. Various etiological processes can disturb the mechanisms which keep the number of bacteria in the upper part of gastrointestinal tract low and thereby can lead to SIBO. Clinically, SIBO manifests with symptoms that arise due to a bacterial overload on normal functions of the upper gastrointestinal tract. Prompt recognition and adequate early treatment (correction of the underlying disease, antibio­tic therapy and nutritional support) should be aimed at prevention and reversal of malabsorption process.

Key words:
small intestinal bacterial overgrowth syndrome –  malabsorption –  rifaximin

The author declares he has no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.

The Editorial Board declares that the manuscript met the ICMJE „uniform requirements“ for biomedical papers.

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