Fructose Malabsorption Hydrogen Breath Test

Patient Preparation:

This test must be scheduled with Adena Health System Main Laboratory by calling 740-779-7650. Patients should report directly to the Main Laboratory, located one floor below the West Entrance registration desk. Please take the elevator located in the registration waiting area. Please allow up to four hours for the procedure, patients may watch television or read.

For Optimal Patient Preparation:

Patients should not be tested within four (4) weeks of a colonoscopy or barium enema.

Patients should not take antimicrobials and should try to avoid bismuth preparations (Pepto Bismol) within two (2) weeks prior to administering the fructose breath test.

Patients should avoid laxatives, stool softeners or stool bulking agents one (1) week prior to the test including: Colace, Milk of Magnesia, Ex-Lax, Metamucil or Citrucel.

Foods and Drinks the Day Before the Test:

These foods and drinks are best: Plain white bread, plain white rice, plain white potatoes, baked or broiled chicken or fish, water, non-flavored black coffee or tea.  Salt may be used to flavor your food.

These foods and drinks should be avoided: Beans, pasta, meats (steaks), fiber or bran cereals, soda (pop) cola drinks, butter or margarine and high fiber foods (whole grains).


The Day of the Test:

Patient should not eat, drink, chew gum or tobacco, smoke cigarettes, eat breath mints or candy before or during the test.

Patient should not sleep or exercise during the test.

Patient should take prescription medications with a small amount of water.

Patient should brush teeth prior to the test.