THEODORE L. ALTHAUSEN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; KAHN UYEYAMA, M.D.
In searching for a test of pancreatic function which would be useful in the diagnosis of chronic diseases of the pancreas, as well as practical under conditions of ordinary hospital and office practice, the authors explored the possibility of utilizing the digestive action of pancreatic juice on gelatin and on starch in the small intestine.
A gelatin tolerance test was first proposed by West, Wilson and Eyles1 for the purpose of diagnosing cystic fibrosis of the pancreas in children. The test is based on the assumption that trypsin plays an important part in the hydrolysis of proteins, and that the
ALTHAUSEN TL, UYEYAMA K. A NEW TEST OF PANCREATIC FUNCTION BASED ON STARCH TOLERANCE(A NEW TEST OF PANCREATIC FUNCTION BASED ON STARCH TOLERANCE*). Ann Intern Med. 1954;41:563–575. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-41-3-563
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;41(3):563-575.
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