Hydrogen Breath Test in Washington

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The Test

The Hydrogen Breath Test is performed by collecting breath samples to test for the presence of hydrogen. This test is conducted in the clinic, and no sedation is given. An initial breath sample is taken and tested. Following that, you will be given a solution of Lactulose or Glucose to drink, after which breath samples will be taken for the next 15-20 minutes. The procedure can take up to three (3) hours. During the test, you are not permitted to eat, drink, smoke, sleep or exercise.

Before Your Appointment

In the 24 hours prior to the test, you will be on a limited diet of plain white rice, baked/broiled chicken, turkey or fish, eggs, clear broth, water and non-flavored coffee and tea. Only salt and pepper may be used to season food. Twelve (12) hours before the test, you will begin fasting - no food, no breath mints or chewing gum, no smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke. If you are diabetic requiring insulin or medication, speak with your primary care physician about adjusting your morning dose.

After Your Appointment

You will be able to resume your regular diet, fluids and medication. The nurse will answer any questions you have before you leave the clinic. You will receive the results of your test on the Patient Portal, or by letter, phone or follow up visit.

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Great staff as always! The staff and Dr. Manam make an unpleasant procedure painless and quick. I truly appreciate all of them!

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I have been seeing Dr. Schwartz for many years. He is the BEST! I would not know what to do if I couldn't see him anymore. He is very caring, and considers your entire health. He communicates well. He has guided me through several surgeries and procedures with outstanding results. I can't recommend him highly enough!

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Dr Mohan has been my Gastroenterologist for the past 15 years. He continues to help me manage a long term chronic condition.

M.M. Google

Dr. Ojeaburu has been my doctor for about the last 10 years. He has always been very good to provide answers to questions, he has a very nice bedside manor and does a good job!

M.E. Google

The staff was professional, friendly and courteous throught the entire process.

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