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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||International Medical Journal|
|State||Published - Jun 2003|
- Breath hydrogen
- Prolonged orocecal time
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