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Diagnostic Tests for Breath symptoms

Diagnostic Test list for Breath symptoms:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Breath symptoms includes:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Other tests
    • 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.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Breath symptoms causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Breath symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Breath symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Breath symptoms:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Breath symptoms' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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