28 Apr Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth found to be associated with deep vein thrombosis
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic just published their findings from a study to determine if there is association between small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. It can develop if you have certain medical conditions that affect how your blood clots hence why the association with SIBO was examined. The study enrolled 321 patients. The subjects were tested using the glucose hydrogen breath test for SIBO. DVT was confirmed using Dopler ultrasonography. The result was a relatively high correlation between the two conditions. Further research needs to be done to determine if eradicating SIBO reduces the incidence of DVT – something that would be of great interest to travelers.
Gastroenterol Rep 2016 April