Diagnostic Tests for Breath odor
Diagnostic Test list for Breath odor:
The list of diagnostic tests
mentioned in various sources as
used in the diagnosis of Breath odor
- Physical examination
- Note nature of odor - if sweet may suggest diabetic ketoacidosis ( sickly sweet smell), alcoholism ( distinctive), liver failure( a sweet smell) and maple syrup urine disease; if unpleasant or foul may suggest renal failure (urine or fish-like breath due to ammonia), anaerobic infections of the mouth, nose, pharynx or chest (putrid) or cigarettes ( distinctive).
- Examine state of teeth and teeth hygiene and note whether the teeth are real or false - loose fitting teeth may be responsible for mouth ulcers or decayed teeth which may cause breath odor.
- Remove false teeth for complete examination
- Urine analysis - glucose and ketones present may suggest diabetic ketoacidosis as cause.
- Culture of the mouth, gums and nasopharynx - may be necessary to diagnose anaerobic infections.
- Sputum microscopy and culture
- X-ray or CT scan of chest or sinuses - if suspect respiratory infection as cause of breath odor.
- Blood tests
- Full blood count and ESR (may suggest infection)
- Renal function tests ( may suggest renal failure as cause)
- Liver function tests ( may suggest hepatic coma as cause )
- Blood sugar may suggest diabetic ketoacidosis
- Blood alcohol level
Home Diagnostic Testing
These home medical tests may be relevant to Breath odor causes:
- Lung & Respiratory Health Tests:
Conditions listing medical symptoms: Breath odor:
The following list of conditions
have 'Breath odor' or similar
listed as a symptom in our database.
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