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CONGENITAL GLUCOSE-GALACTOSE MALABSORPTION
This condition usually arises in infants when the small intestine does not transport and absorb glucose as well as galactose in a proper way. The enzymes that help in this transport may malfunction due to a mutation in the chromosome 22. The symptoms of this condition include loose motions and dehydration.
HOW IS CONGENITAL GLUCOSE-GALACTOSE MALABSORPTION DIAGNOSED?
The paediatrician does the diagnosis of this disorder. The diagnosis is usually made upon review of the presenting signs of watery diarrhea. A simple test, known as the ""glucose breath hydrogen test"" is often used to confirm the physical diagnosis.
HOW IS CONGENITAL GLUCOSE-GALACTOSE MALABSORPTION TREATED?
Treatment of glucose-galactose malabsorption requires the elimination of all milk and milk products from the diet since milk products contain lactose and lactose are broken down to glucose and galactose. Fructose, a sugar absorbed differently from either glucose or galactose, may be substituted as a source of carbohydrate calories. Most clinicians who treat this disorder recommend the elimination of all lactose, sucrose, and glucose from the diet. These sugars may be replaced by fructose-based nutrients.
DID YOU KNOW?
A carbohydrate free formula can help babies suffering from this condition.