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  Oct 11, 2018

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Signs and Symptoms

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition in which there are an excessive number of bacteria in the small intestine. It is important as the cause of much gastrointestinal symptomatology, albeit non-specific, as well as systemic features, such as nutritional deficiencies, osteoporosis and significant asthenia. Diarrhea and malabsorption are frequently at the root of these complaints.

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SIBO causes symptoms that are common to many gastrointestinal disorders. These include:

  • Abdominal distension
  • A feeling of being bloated