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Benign Glycosuria

Ann Intern Med. 1927;1(2):110-113. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-1-2-110
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It is usually the general practitioner who makes the discovery that a given individual has glycosuria, and such discovery is generally based upon a more or less crude use of the Fehling's test. If any reduction takes place, be it rapid or slow, slight or marked in degree, the decision is quickly made that glycosuria is present and the individual a diabetic. The physician is very likely to forget that other substances, conjugated glycuronic acid, alkapton, lactose, pentose, and excessive amount of uric acid or creatinin, may reduce alkaline copper sulphate solutions. He usually does not control the reduction by




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