Hydrogen breath test - lactulose (3 hours)

If bacteria proliferate in the small intestine - for example in the case of contaminated small intestine syndrome - this transit time is shortened. The hydrogen breath test with lactulose is therefore suitable for the indirect detection of abnormal bacterial growth in the small intestine (contaminated small intestine syndrome). The test is simple and painless: it detects the hydrogen produced by exposure to lactulose in the exhaled air using an instrument.

Presentation of the study

In the H2 breath test, the patient's mouth and throat are first rinsed with an antibacterial agent. The patient then ingests a glass of lactose-containing test fluid. Afterwards, every 20 minutes, the patient breathes into the test device, which tests the amount of hydrogen absorbed. The total time of the test is 180 minutes, most of which is spent waiting - so bring a good book!

What to know about the test

The test should not be performed in case of fever or viral illness. For younger children, the strictness of the diet is set by the doctor. Please adhere strictly to the following instructions, otherwise the test may give a false abnormal result! Do not take before the test: Antibiotics, probiotics within one month Within one week, antacids and digestive medications Within two days Diet from the morning of the day before the test: do not eat: fruit, vegetables, pulses, puffy foods, stews, or foods in which vegetables have been cooked do not eat: dairy products and milk, lactose-containing foods, pastries with milk, chocolate, oil seeds, foods with significant amounts of fat and oil no carbonated drinks, fruit juice, alcohol (no smoking) What you can eat and drink: cooked, natural fried or steamed: potatoes, rice, ham, poultry, fish, eggs, pasta lactose-free cold cuts and sausages, lactose-free margarine white flour bread rolls, buns, bread (without seeds) non-carbonated mineral water Do not eat anything after 7 p.m. and do not drink anything after 9 p.m. until the test! Brush your teeth thoroughly the evening before the test. The test is done on an empty stomach and takes 3 hours. On the morning of the test and again immediately before the test, it is recommended to brush your teeth thoroughly WITHOUT BRUSHING (brushing water must not be swallowed). Do not take your child's morning medication, toothpaste, mouthwash, lipstick, gum or candy before the test.

Information on tax relief

At the beginning of 2018, the condition for the issue of a medical certificate entitling to tax relief in the case of lactose intolerance is a negative lactulose H2 breath test excluding curable intestinal infections, followed by a positive lactose H2 breath test. You can find a medical explanation here.

Settlement also to a health fund account

The fee for the examination can of course also be charged to your health insurance account - our colleagues will be happy to provide you with more details. Visit Find a list of health insurance providers affiliated with Endomedix here. For more details, please call us on +36 1 413 2500 or contact us online.

Related studies

The hydrogen breath test is not only suitable for detecting contaminated small bowel syndrome. A H2 breath test - fructose can be used to assess fructose sensitivity, while the H2 breath test - lactose to detect lactose intolerance.

Hydrogen breath test - lactulose (3 hours)available at the following centres

Our doctors who carry out this test

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You can make appointments at our centres in Budapest, Debrecen, Dombóvár, Miskolc, Szolnok and Veszprém on working days, Monday to Friday between 09:00-17:00 by calling (1) 413-2500 or online - some examinations can be booked by appointment! For our centres in Győr, Gyula, Siófok and Mohács, you can make an appointment by phone with your local colleague. Too complicated? See phone book or request a call back!

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Settlement also to a health fund account

The fee for the examination can of course also be charged to your health insurance account - our colleagues will be happy to provide you with more details. Visit You can find a list of health insurance providers affiliated with Endomedix here.

For more details, please contact us (+36 1 413 2500) or contact us online.