Robert Stolba

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The aim of this study was to establish a retrospective evaluation and comparison of the hydrogen/methane (H2/CH4) breath test and genetic test (C/T-13910 polymorphism) results in lactose malabsorption testing. In total 263 consecutive patients with suspected lactose malabsorption were included in this study. They underwent the H2/CH4 breath test following(More)
Background: Over the last decade, clinical interest to evaluate human 25-hydroxy-vitamin D (25[OH]D) serum levels has increased exponentially. In the present study, four chemiluminescence immunoassays (CLIA), one radioimmunoassy (RIA), and one high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method were compared and also with the liquid chromatography-tandem(More)
INTRODUCTION Recently several diagnostic manufacturers have launched new 25-hydroxy-vitamin D (25[OH]D) assays, which are aligned to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Standard Reference Materials (SRM) (NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland). The aim of this study was to compare the performance of one liquid chromatography-tandem mass(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS While lactose malabsorption is a well-investigated condition, few epidemiologic data are available for fructose and sorbitol malabsorption. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence rates for primary lactose malabsorption, fructose and sorbitol malabsorption, and carbohydrate-specific small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (cs-SIBO)(More)
OBJECTIVES As hepcidin-25 is considered as a key regulator of human iron homoeostasis, this study aimed to compare this parameter with conventional biomarkers and diagnostic tools of iron deficiency (ID). METHODS In total, 233 hospitalised adult patients, who underwent routine blood testing for ID, were included. All subjects were investigated for(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES Primary adult-type lactose malabsorption (PALM) is a widespread inherited autosomal recessive condition, which is considered to be associated with osteoporosis. This prospective study aimed at assessing the 25-hydroxy-vitamin D (25(OH)D) status and serum CrossLaps levels in individuals with PALM and normal controls. SUBJECTS/METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVES No full international consensus exists on disease markers to be used for assessing the human iron status. Therefore this study was conducted to compare performances of serum ferritin and transferrin saturation (TSAT) versus soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR)/log ferritin and reticulocyte hemoglobin content (CHr), also known as Thomas-plot, in(More)
BACKGROUND Genetic testing is a standard technique for the diagnosis of primary adult-type hypolactasia, also referred to as lactase non-persistence. The aim of this study was to compare the lactase gene (LCT) C/T-13910 polymorphism genotyping results of two commercially available real-time (RT)-PCR assays in patients referred to our outpatient clinic for(More)
A growing number of rapid Helicobacter pylori antibody tests are commercially available now, however, some of these tests are often used without sufficient evaluation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of a commercially available rapid whole-blood immunoassay (gabControl® H. pylori; gabmed GmbH, Köln, Germany), for the qualitative(More)
BACKGROUND Diagnosis of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) remains challenging. This study aimed at proving the diagnostic concept of carbohydrate-specific SIBO (cs-SIBO) using glucose, fructose and sorbitol hydrogen (H2)/methane (CH4) breath testing (HMBT). METHODS In this study 125 patients referred to our outpatient clinic for SIBO testing(More)
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