oa South African Medical Journal - The value of estimating urinary indican

Volume 45, Issue 41
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Urinary indican, a metabolic product of bacterial action on tryptophan in the small bowel, has been estimated in the urine as an indirect indication of small bowel bacterial contamination, in 50 normal controls, 18 patients with small bowel disease, 22 patients with calcific pancreatitis and group of 20 children with kwashiorkor and 10 control children of a similar age-group.

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