Lactose Intolerance Breath Test-Genova Kit

Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.

Fasting Required: Yes - 12 hours prior to testing and during testing

Specimen: Breath Test

Results: 10 business days
Note: Result turnaround times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Patient Instructions: We do not suggest collecting during an acute infectious illness.
Wait at least 4 weeks from colonoscopy or barium enema before beginning the test.
If you are using antibiotics, antifungals or Pepto-Bismol, wait at least 2-4 weeks from your last dose before beginning the test.
1 week before the test: Avoid the use of laxatives, stool softeners, and/or stool bulking agents as well as antacids containing aluminum or magnesium hydroxide.
Do not take probiotics 24 hours before the test.
2 days before the test: Stop eating high-fiber and lactose-containing foods for a full 36 hours.
12 hours prior - do not take non-essential medications or supplements until the test is complete, unless your physician has advised you otherwise. Do not chew gum, eat candy or use mouthwash until the test is complete.
1 hour prior - No smoking, including second-hand smoke, no sleeping or vigorous exercise, do not use toothpaste.

Caution: This test uses lactulose as its testing agent, and is not recommended for individuals who have had allergic reactions to lactulose, are diabetics with a fasting urine glucose concentration >105mg/dl, or are on a galactose/lactose-restricted diet.

Description: The Lactose Intolerance Breath Test is a gastrointestinal test that detects lactose intolerance, a condition affecting more than 50 million Americans. Proper detection enables effective treatment of lactose maldigestion and malabsorption, to help alleviate chronic symptoms of bloating, gas, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. This gastrointestinal test uses a simple, non-invasive breath hydrogen/methane test.

Lactose intolerance is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders, affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide. This condition arises from an enzyme (lactase) deficiency in the gut, either a result of genetics or a temporary irritation of the small intestine. Without adequate amounts of lactase, the digestive system is unable to properly break down and absorb lactose, the main sugar in milk and dairy products. When this happens, unabsorbed lactose is fermented by bacteria in the colon, causing the release of hydrogen and methane gases.