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    D-Xylose Absorption Test

    The D-xylose absorption test measures the level of D-xylose, a type of sugar, in a blood or urine sample. This test is done to help diagnose problems that prevent the small intestine from absorbing nutrients in food.

    D-xylose is normally easily absorbed by the intestines camera.gif. When problems with absorption occur, D-xylose is not absorbed by the intestines, and its level in blood and urine is low.

    Why It Is Done

    A test for D-xylose is done to:

    How To Prepare

    For 24 hours before a D-xylose test, do not eat foods high in pentose, a sugar similar to D-xylose. These foods include fruits, jams, jellies, and pastries.

    Medicines such as aspirin and indomethacin can interfere with the results of a D-xylose test. For this reason, your doctor may instruct you to temporarily stop these medicines before the test.

    Do not eat or drink anything except water for 8 to 12 hours before having this test. Children younger than 9 years old should not eat or drink anything except water for 4 hours before the test.

    A D-xylose test can take a long time. It might be a good idea to bring something you can do quietly while you wait, such as a book to read.

    Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding the need for the test, its risks, how it will be done, or what the results will mean. To help you understand the importance of this test, fill out the medical test information form(What is a PDF document?).

    How It Is Done

    The amount of D-xylose in urine and blood samples is measured before and after you drink a D-xylose solution. To begin the test, a sample of your first urine of the day and a sample of your blood are collected.

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    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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