Intestinal gases are the expression of metabolic activity of gut microbiota in the gut, particularly carbohydrates in the case of H2, CH4. Alterations in composition of gases and air handling, directly or upon challenge with food are relevant for GI and extra-GI diseases. Assessing gas composition in breath can be a very useful tool for clinic, but technical issues are crucial (breath sampling, storing and analyzing). Aim of the present review is to summarize the understanding of the importance of intestinal gases in gastro-intestinal physiology and patho-physiology. Practical considerations on how to collect samples and instruments available for the clinic have also been provided.
|Numero di pagine||9|
|Rivista||European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences|
|Volume||17 Suppl 2|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2013|
- Intestinal gas