Reducing Substances, Qualitative, Stool

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Reducing substances are substances/agents that reduce another species in a redox reaction and therefore become oxidized. Reducing substances should be absorbed by the upper small intestine. Otherwise, they remain in the intestine and cause many complications. This test measures unabsorbed sugars in stool and is used to evaluate the bodys ability to digest carbohydrates, or to absorb nutrients from food and drinks. A POSITIVE result is associated with: watery diarrhea, Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS), and carbohydrate malabsorption. See pH, Stool

Special Requirements

Unacceptable Conditions Diapers. Stool containing barium. Specimens in media or preservatives.

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