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Disaccharidase deficiency

T.M. Cox

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.151005_update_001

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Disaccharidase deficiency

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Disaccharidases occur in the microvilli of the small intestine and are required for the complete assimilation of nearly all carbohydrate present in food and drinks, apart from free glucose and fructose. The enzymes cleave disaccharides such as sucrose, maltose, and lactose, as well as dextrins derived from starch, into their component monosaccharides, and their activity is reduced in hereditary conditions or in generalized intestinal diseases....

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Subjects: Gastroenterology

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