Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Inability to Digest Galactose Evaluation

The evaluation of galactosemia begins with a history and physical examination.

Infants suspected of galactosemia may have one of three different screening tests performed. One test detects high levels of galactose in the bloodstream.

Another test can check for the presence of galactose transferase. If this test is positive (no enzyme is present), than an exact measurement of the enzyme level in the bloodstream can be measured to confirm the diagnosis.

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Inability to Digest Galactose References
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