TITLE

lactulose

PUB. DATE
January 2005
SOURCE
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1196
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
A definition for the medical term lactulose is presented. Lactulose is a synthetic disaccharide, that is not hydrolyzed or absorbed in humans. It is metabolized by bacteria in the colon with the production of organic acids and is used to treat constipation and the encephalopathy that develops in patients with advanced cirrhosis of the liver. The unabsorbed sugar produces diarrhea, and the acid pH helps to contain ammonia in the feces. The definition is taken from the "Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary," published by F.A. Davis Co.
ACCESSION #
21233661

 

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