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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


item Karnsakul, Wikrom - BAYLOR COLL MEDICINE
item Kitagawa, Seiji - BAYLOR COLL MEDICINE
item Olive, Anthomy - BAYLOR COLL MEDICINE
item Villa, Xavier - BAYLOR COLL MEDICINE
item Sterchi, Erwin - BAYLOR COLL MEDICINE
item Hahn, Dagmar - UNIV. BERN, SWITZERLAND
item Lugenbuehl, Ursi - UNIV. BERN, SWITZERLAND
item Nichols, Buford - BAYLOR COLL MEDICINE

Submitted to: Pediatric Research
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: March 1, 2001
Publication Date: April 1, 2001
Citation: Karnsakul, W., Kitagawa, S., Olive, A., Villa, X., Sterchi, E.E., Hahn, D., Lugenbuehl, U., Nichols, B.L. 2001. Frequency of disaccharidase deficiencies in childhood chronic abdominal pain. Pediatric Research. 49:118A.

Interpretive Summary: Interpretive Summary not needed for this 115.

Technical Abstract: BACKGROUND: Recurrent abdominal pain and discomfort are common symptoms in children. Childhood chronic abdominal pain (CCAP) is a poorly understood condition, which occasionally requires EGD. Endoscopy is performed to search for etiologies such as peptic ulcer disease. Lactose and sucrase-isomaltase deficiencies are known to cause diet associated abdominal complaints in some children. Disaccharide loading H2 breath tests of CCAP have yielded inconclusive results. OBJECTIVE: To determine frequency of disaccharidase deficiencies in CCAP. DESIGN/METHODS: Patients with abdominal pain for at least one month came were endoscoped. Enzyme assays were performed on jejunal biopsies with a modified Dahlqvist method using Polycose, sucrose, lactose, and maltose as substrates. Each study subject had normal villus length and villus-crypt ratio without increase of theliolymphocytes (Shiner criteria of <23%). RESULTS: Forty-one CCAP patients were endoscoped (47% F, 53% M; aged 11+/- 5 years). Low disaccharidase levels were found in 30%. Six had combined glucoamylase, sucrase, and lactase deficiencies (pandisaccharidase deficiencies). One had combined glucoamylase and sucrase deficiencies; five had isolated lactase deficiencies; and one had isolated sucrase deficiency. CONCLUSIONS: 30% of patients endoscoped for CCAP had one or more disaccharidase deficiencies. Pandisaccharidase deficiencies were present in half of this subgroup. Disaccharidase deficiencies may contribute to gastrointestinal complaints of 30% CCAP patients. Pandisaccharidase deficiencies may account for some of the difficulties in dietary management of CCAP.

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