Indican excretion in the elderly

James L Kirkland, E. Vargas, Michael Lye

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Abstract

It has been suggested that up to a half of elderly hospitalized patients excrete an abnormally high concentration of indican compared with young individuals. Thus, the commonly used colorimetric qualitative test for urinary indican excess may be invalid in the aged. However, of 21 young control subjects, 18 healthy elderly subjects, and 23 disabled, elderly, long-stay patients, no individual had levels of indican detectable by the standard colorimetric qualitative test. The use of a quantitative assay demonstrated that urinary indican concentration is similar in young and elderly individuals. A diurnal variation in urinary indican concentration was discovered which may affect the interpretation of the qualitative test.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)717-719
Number of pages3
JournalPostgraduate Medical Journal
Volume59
Issue number697
DOIs
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Bacterial overgrowth
  • Diurnal variation
  • Indican
  • Urinary excretion

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine(all)

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Indican excretion in the elderly. / Kirkland, James L; Vargas, E.; Lye, Michael.

In: Postgraduate Medical Journal, Vol. 59, No. 697, 1983, p. 717-719.

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Kirkland, James L ; Vargas, E. ; Lye, Michael. / Indican excretion in the elderly. In: Postgraduate Medical Journal. 1983 ; Vol. 59, No. 697. pp. 717-719.
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