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Lactose Intolerance Quick Test

Overview

The Lactose Intolerance Quick Test developed by Biohit for detecting lactose intolerance (hypolactasia of the small intestine) is based on the activity of the lactase enzyme in a biopsy specimen. The biopsy specimen taken from the mucosa of the upper part of the small intestine is examined immediately. The development of the color in the test liquid after 20 minutes informs whether or not the lactase enzyme is present in  the biopsy specimen. 

Lactose Intolerance Quick Test Kit consists of:

  •     Reagents
  •     Plates

Lactose Intolerance Quick Test Benefits

  • Biopsy sample can be tested immediately
  • No instruments needed
  • Measures lactase activity directly
  • Simple two-step procedure
  • All reagents are ready for use
  • Easy visual interpretation
  • Results in 20 minutes
  • Severe hypolactasia can be differentiated from mild hypolactasia

 

N.B In the USA and Japan, GastroPanel is for research use only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures. For other countries, please check with your local Biohit distributor.
 

Clinical background

Lactose intolerance (hypolactasia) results in inability to digest lactose, the predominant sugar of milk. This inability results from a shortage of the lactase enzyme, which is produced in the small intestine. Lactase breaks down milk sugar (lactose) into simpler forms (glucose and galactose), which can then be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Lactase activity begins to decrease after weaning. One-third of the adult population worldwide retains the ability to digest lactose. It is estimated that approx. 15-20% of Western and Northern Europeans, and 90% of Asian, African and native Americans suffer from lactose intolerance. Often the symptoms remain undiagnosed, and, thus lactose intolerance may not be treated for years.
 

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