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Clinical Features of Lactose Intolerance (Lactase Deficiency)

Specialty:

Gastroenterology
Endocrinology, Nutrition & Dermatology

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

Lactase is required for breakdown of lactose in the small bowel into galactose and glucose, both of which can then be absorbed. Without lactase the lactose passes into the colon where it is digested by colonic bacteria, resulting in gas and other symptoms.

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