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Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 150, Issue 1, pp 276-277

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The incidence of primary hypolactasia amongst native Irish

  • J. F. FieldingAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine and Gastroenterology, The Charitable InfirmaryDepartment of Biochemistry, University CollegeDepartment of Biochemistry, University College
  • , M. G. HarringtonAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine and Gastroenterology, The Charitable InfirmaryDepartment of Biochemistry, University CollegeDepartment of Biochemistry, University College
  • , P. F. FottrellAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine and Gastroenterology, The Charitable InfirmaryDepartment of Biochemistry, University CollegeDepartment of Biochemistry, University College

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Summary

Primary hypolactasia is rare amongst Native Irish, occurring in at most 4% of the healthy adult population. Routine screening for primary hypolactasia as a cause of gastrointestinal symptoms in Irishmen is unjustified.