Last updated: Thursday, 20, January, 2011
FBC, blood film; protein (total), albumin, calcium, phosphate, potassium; PT. Carotene or faecal fat if steatorrhoea suspected.
If indicated: ferritin, Vitamin B12.
Pancreatic disorders, especially
Small bowel disorders, especially
If indicated: ferritin, vitamin B12, folate; magnesium, zinc; immunoglobulins G, A, M; small bowel biopsy.
Small bowel biopsy with EM.
Small bowel biopsy with estimation of disaccharidases provides the definitive diagnosis.
Reducing substances, pH - faeces.
Lactose and sucrose tolerance tests may cause abdominal pain and diarrhoea and are rarely performed.