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Cancer Treat Rep. 1982 Jun;66(6):1435-6.

Changes in intestinal permeability to lactulose induced by cytotoxic chemotherapy.


Intestinal function during cytotoxic therapy was studied in nine patients with nonintestinal lymphoma. An early, marked, and rapidly reversible increase in passive permeability, as disclosed by the lactulose test, was observed without concomitant changes in active absorption or in intestinal histology. The possibility of a toxic effect by cytotoxic drugs on intestinal intracellular junctions is discussed.

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