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Diagnosed with small bowel bacterial overgrowth syndrome and bezoar disease. Feeling bloated, uncomfortable. Looking for treatment

38 year old daughter has been diagnosed with small bowel bacteria overgrowth syndrome and a bezoar in the upper part of her stomach ( biopsy negative). They tried antibiotics and now they are just waiting. It has been almost two weeks since she stopped her meds and she is not getting any better. The severe bloating continues, as the uncomfortable feeling. Colonoscopy showed nothing; and upper exam through stomach showed the bezoar. Initial symptoms were bloating, vomiting, and pain. She had a 1 ovarian cyst which burst but they indicated that was a separate problem.
Asked On : Sat, 14 Jul 2012
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Hello!Bezoar is a tightly packed collection of partially digested or indigestible material that is unable to exit the stomach.Bezoars occur in people who have delayed gastric emptying,decreased stomach size or decreased stomach acidity.In case of your daughter the severe bloating and uncomfortable feeling is the result of slow intestinal movement because of small bowel overgrowth syndrome.Is there family history of connective tissue disorders like scleroderma or diabetes.The treatment includes treating the underlying cause, bezoars can be dissolved enzymatically, removed endoscopically or some patients require surgery.Reduce the intake of foods with high amounts of indigestible cellulose like raisins, pumpkins, etc.
Answered: Sat, 28 Jul 2012
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