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Hydrogen Breath Test for Lactose Intolerance

Source Breath
Mnemonic HBT
Specimen Requirements Adult collections are performed by the GI Clinics at FMC and SHC.

To book an adult patient:
At FMC, phone the GI Clinic at 403-944-6555 and select the appropriate referring gastroenterologist.
At SHC, appointments are booked through the GI Clinic after consultation with an SHC GI Clinic physician.


Pediatric collections are performed and tested at Pediatric Gastroenterology at ACH. Pediatric patients must be at least 5 years old.
To book a pediatric patient, physician must fax a referral to the ACH GI Clinic at 403-955-7639.
Specimen Handling

Store specimens at room temperature.
Storage at 2-8oC is also acceptable.

Ship adult collections as soon as possible to Analytical Toxicology at the DSC.

Additional Information Patient instructions for Hydrogen Breath Test for LACTOSE INTOLERANCE will be provided at time of booking.

For Hydrogen Breath Test for SMALL BOWEL BACTERIAL OVERGROWTH, see Hydrogen Breath Test for Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth.

Adult samples are tested at CLS Analytical Toxicology.
Pediatric samples are tested at Pediatric Gastroenterology at ACH.
Testing Location Analytical Toxicology
Testing Frequency Testing is completed within 14 days of collection.
Alternate Name(s) Breath Hydrogen for Lactose Intolerance
Reference Interval