Objective: To evaluate the effect of activated charcoal on lactulose-induced breath hydrogen flatus passage and abdominal bloating in healthy controls and patients with complaints of excessive gas. Patients and Methods: Five male healthy controls and six male patients with complaints of excessive gas were enrolled. Breath H2, flatus passage and abdominal bloating was noted after oral lactulose over an 8 hour period in both controls and patients. Effect of activated charcoal on all these parameters was evaluated. Results: Patients produced more breath H2, more flatus and more bloating after oral lactulose compared to controls. Activated charcoal improved all these parameters in both patients and controls. Conclusion: Activated charcoal is effective in reducing breath H2 flatus passage and abdominal bloating in response to oral lactulose.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||International Medical Journal|
|State||Published - Dec 2003|
- Activated charcoal
- Breath H
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