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Breath Test May Diagnose Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a mystery to the medical profession — no one knows the cause, there's no diagnostic test, and there's no cure. However, a test may be on the horizon.

A study published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics found a combination of 16 substances in the breath that when measured together, can separate people with IBS from people without the disorder.

Researchers analyzed breath samples from 170 IBS patients and 153 health controls. The combination of substances accurately predicted 89.4 percent of the IBS patients and 73.3 percent of the controls. In addition, the more severe a patient's IBS symptoms, the more abnormal the breath test.

"Now we know which chemicals in breath have diagnostic information that we can use to develop noninvasive tools to follow the disease and to steer therapeutic interventions," said the study's senior author professor Frederik-Jan van Schooten. "This will definitely make a difference in quality of life for patients suffering from this functional gastrointestinal disorder."

Irritable bowel syndrome is usually found in people under the age of 45 and is twice as common in women as in men. The condition affects the large intestine, causing abdominal cramping, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.

Although many IBS patients can control their symptoms with diet, probiotics, medicine, and stress management, there is no cure. According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, 10 to 15 percent of Americans suffer from IBS.

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