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Sugar Intolerance in Malnourished Infants and Children

Br Med J 1968; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5631.611 (Published 07 December 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;4:611
  1. R. K. Chandra,
  2. R. R. Pawa,
  3. O. P. Ghai

    Abstract

    Of 100 malnourished Indian infants and children 50 showed a stool pH below 6. Carbohydrate-loading tests demonstrated intolerance to lactose in 39, to sucrose in 25, and to maltose in 15. D-Xylose absorption was reduced in 16. Steatorrhoea was detected in 7 of 18 children tested. Nutritional recovery reversed the abnormalities in all except four, in whom a primary enzymic deficiency was considered on the basis of persistent lactose intolerance and a positive family history.