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      The inulin hydrogen breath test predicts the quality of colonic preparation.

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          Successful bowel preparation is essential to an adequate performance of colonoscopy. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) with electrolyte solutions induces diarrhea with depletion of substrates fermentable by hydrogen (H2)-producing colonic microbiota. Inulin has recently been suggested as a prebiotic substrate for the H2 breath test because it is resistant to intestinal hydrolysis and is fermented mostly by the colonic bacteria. This study aimed to assess time-dependent changes in H2 breath levels in order to predict the colonic preparation of patients scheduled for colonoscopy with or without oral supplementation of inulin.

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          Journal
          Surg Endosc
          Surgical endoscopy
          Springer Nature America, Inc
          1432-2218
          0930-2794
          May 2014
          : 28
          : 5
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, University Aldo Moro of Bari, Bari, Italy, donatofrancesco.altomare@uniba.it.
          Article
          10.1007/s00464-013-3354-0
          24380986

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