Stool reducing substance test is a simple test conducted on a stool sample to diagnose lactose intolerance or some other rate metabolic abnormalities.
Procedure of The Test:
The test is performed on a stool sample. However, it is important that patients must send the sample within one hour of its production because after that lactose and other components in the stool begin to break down by chemical processes.
Why get tested?
The test ensures if a person is suffering from lactose intolerance or any other metabolic abnormalities.
This test includes
Reducing Substances Stool
No specific preparation is required for the test.
Frequently asked questions
Q.When would I need a stool reducing substance test?
If the doctor suspects that the patient might be suffering from lactose intolerance, he may ask the patient to undergo this test. Also, the test may be prescribed after prolonged viral gastroenteritis as it may lead to the onset of lactose intolerance.
Q.What do the test results mean?
The positive results imply that there are certain substances in the stool that can act as reducing agents, which further means that there are certain forms of sugars in the stool that have not been properly absorbed by the body.