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The diagnosis and management of patients with lactose-intolerance

Carter, Sherry L. PhD, RN, WHNP-BC; Attel, Susan MSN, BSN, FNP

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000429894.03255.80

Approximately 70% of the world's population is lactase deficient. This article reviews the evolutionary history of lactase deficiency, recent recommendations to establish screening, and clinical practice guidelines for increased diagnosis of this important, yet often misunderstood condition of malabsorption.

Sherry L. Carter and Susan Attel are nurse practitioners at Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas, Tex.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins