13C-breath tests in infancy and childhood

F. Perri, M. Van Den Driessche, M. R. Pastore, G. Veereman-Wauters

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-90
Number of pages5
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Perri, F., Van Den Driessche, M., Pastore, M. R., & Veereman-Wauters, G. (2002). 13C-breath tests in infancy and childhood. Italian Journal of Pediatrics, 28(2), 86-90.