Diagnostic Tests for Gas
Diagnostic Test list for Gas: The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Gas includes:
- Physical exam
- Flatulence diary
Tests and diagnosis discussion for Gas: Because gas symptoms may be caused by a serious disorder, those causes should be ruled out. The doctor usually begins with a review of dietary habits and symptoms. The doctor may ask the patient to keep a diary of foods and beverages consumed for a specific time period.
If lactase deficiency is the suspected cause of gas, the doctor may suggest avoiding milk products for a period of time. A blood or breath test may be used to diagnose lactose intolerance.
In addition, to determine if someone produces too much gas in the colon or is unusually sensitive to the passage of normal gas volumes, the doctor may ask patients to count the number of times they pass gas during the day and include this information in a diary.
Careful review of diet and the amount of gas passed may help relate specific foods to symptoms and determine the severity of the problem.
Because the symptoms that people may have are so variable, the
physician may order other types of diagnostic tests in addition to a
physical exam, depending on the patient's symptoms and other factors.1
1. excerpt from Gas in the Digestive Tract: NIDDK
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