04 Aug Fructose Malabsorption and IBS
A high prevalence of Fructose malabsorption has been reported in previous studies of IBS patient. This research sought to examine whether the findings held up in a statistically significant number of Indian patients. The study enrolled 97 patients with confirmed IBS using the Rome III criteria and 41 healthy controls. Each subject was given a hydrogen breath test for Fructose Malabsorption. The result was that IBS patients tested positive for fructose malabsorption at a statistically significant rate higher as compared to controls. Furthermore, patients with diarrhea-predominant IBS had a 91% positive rate for fructose malabsorption as measured by the hydrogen breath test.
REF: Indian J Gastroenterol 2014 July