Review
. 1999 Sep; 29(2):143-50.
doi: 10.1097/00004836-199909000-00008.

D-xylose testing

R M Craig 1 E D Ehrenpreis  
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  • PMID: 10478874
  •     18 citations

Abstract

The literature on D-xylose testing has been reviewed, stressing advances in our understanding of absorption in general (including D-xylose absorption), the relationship of D-xylose testing to the development of excellent serologic tests for the diagnosis of celiac disease, the use of D-xylose testing in the evaluation of diarrhea in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, new information on breath testing for the evaluation of malabsorption, and recent information on the understanding of D-xylose absorption compared with transcellular vs. paracellular transport. The authors suggest ways in which D-xylose testing might be employed in malabsorption or diarrhea evaluations, including some algorithms.

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