Orocecal time in patients with chronic constipation in U. S. A.

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Objective: To evaluate orocecal time (OCT) in patients with chronic constipation and the value of fasting breath hydrogen (FBH) in patients with prolonged OCT. Design: A clinical study in male patients with chronic constipation. Patients and Methods: 45 male patients were enrolled. FBH was measured. Ten gm of lactulose was given orally and breath hydrogen was measured serially every five minutes. OCT was determined. Results: 30.2% of these patients had prolonged OCT. FBH was significantly higher in those patients with prolonged OCT compared to those with normal OCT. Conclusion: A subset of patients with chronic constipation have prolonged OCT and high FBH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-84
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2003


  • Breath hydrogen
  • Constipation
  • Lactulose
  • Prolonged orocecal time

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  • Medicine(all)


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