Assessment of the 14C-Glycocholic Acid Breath TestBr Med J 1973; 3 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5873.191 (Published 28 July 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;3:191
- O. F. W. James,
- J. E. Agnew,
- I. A. D. Bouchier
The 1-(14C)-glycine-glycocholic-acid breath test has been performed on 104 subjects and a normal range established. Abnormal results due to bacterial deconjugation of bile salts were found not only in patients with the “contaminated bowel” syndrome and in those with ileal resection but also in a third group, patients with cholangitis. Abnormal results were also found in patients with gastrocolic fistula and staphylococcal enterocolitis, while mildly abnormal results were also found in some patients with liver disease.