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Investigation of gastrointestinal function

Julian R.F. Walters

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.150304

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Investigation of gastrointestinal function

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Many blood measurements of absorbed dietary components (such as iron, folate, vitamin B12, cholesterol, and triglycerides) or their metabolic products (such as haemoglobin or albumin) can be abnormal when gastrointestinal function is impaired, and their serial changes can be used to follow progress of disease. Specific assessment of the function of the gastrointestinal tract complements the findings of imaging, endoscopy, and histology in the diagnosis of digestive diseases....

Chapter.  4588 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gastroenterology

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