There is a need for reliable, reproducible and non-invasive tests for the study of gastro-intestinal and nutritional functions in pediatric practice. However, diagnostic tests are often invasive, radioactive or difficult to perform in children (e.g. liver or intestinal biopsy, dilution technique, scintigraphy, etc.). A new, non-invasive method is represented by 13C-breath tests, which are reliable diagnostic and screening tests that can direct further examination or be used for patient follow-up. The methodology and the test meals used for several breath tests, which were initially developed for adults, have been now adapted for pediatric patients as well.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Italian Journal of Pediatrics|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health