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Fructose intolerance in children presenting with abdominal pain.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18728526     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: We determined the occurrence of fructose malabsorption in pediatric patients with previous diagnoses of abdominal pain caused by a functional bowel disorder, whether the restriction of fructose intake changes the reporting of symptoms, the role of fructose dosage, and the severity of resultant symptoms. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We administered a fructose breath test to children presenting with persistent unexplained abdominal pain. Patients randomly received 1, 15, or 45 g fructose, and breath hydrogen was measured for 3 hours after ingestion. Test results were positive when breath hydrogen was 20 ppm greater than baseline and was accompanied by gastrointestinal symptoms. RESULTS: A total of 32 patients was enrolled, and none of the 9 who received 1 g had positive results. Three of 10 who received 15 g and 8 of 13 who received 45 g had positive results. All patients with positive test results restricted their fructose intake. Among the group with positive results, 9 of 11 had rapid improvement of their gastrointestinal symptoms. After 2 months, all 9 patients continued to report improvement. CONCLUSIONS: We concluded that fructose malabsorption may be a significant problem in children and that management of dietary intake can be effective in reducing gastrointestinal symptoms.
Robert E Gomara; Michael S Halata; Leonard J Newman; Howard E Bostwick; Stuart H Berezin; Lynnette Cukaj; Mary C See; Marvin S Medow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition     Volume:  47     ISSN:  1536-4801     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr.     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-27     Completed Date:  2008-12-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211545     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  303-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY 10595, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abdominal Pain / diagnosis,  etiology*,  pathology
Area Under Curve
Breath Tests / methods
Cross-Over Studies
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
Fructose / metabolism,  pharmacokinetics*
Fructose Intolerance / complications*,  diagnosis*,  pathology
Intestinal Absorption
Severity of Illness Index
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