I. T. Beck, M.D. (Assoc.), F.R.C.P.; S. Rona, M.D.; R. D. McKenna, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.R.C.P.; D. S. Kahn, M.D.
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Urinary excretion of D+ xylose is a useful method for screening patients suspected of intestinal malabsorption. A new, simplified method of estimating blood xylose levels, which makes it possible to use blood level time curves in the study of malabsorption, is described. Biochemical determinations are only slightly more time-consuming than that of blood sugar. Blood levels were determined a half hour, one hour, and two hours after the ingestion of xylose, and a blood level time curve was established.
Two hundred such tests are reviewed in normal persons, patients suffering from idiopathic sprue, scleroderma, Whipple's disease, Hodgkin's disease of mesenteric
Beck IT, Rona S, McKenna RD, et al. Evaluation of 200 D(+) Xylose Blood Level Time Curves as an Index of Intestinal Absorptions.. Ann Intern Med. 1962;56:678. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-56-4-678_3
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