Infants undergoing phototherapy may develop loose stools. Acquired lactase deficiency secondary to this treatment modality was suggested as a cause for the diarrhea. The effects of light energy directly on intestinal enzymes and indirectly through bilirubin photooxidation products were studied. Adult homozygote and heterozygote Gunn rats were treated with light for varying periods while littermate controls were kept in the dark. Intestinal lactase, sucrase and GGTP activities and serum bilirubin concentrations were determined. Jaundiced and non-jaundiced 1-week-old suckling Gunn rats were treated with light for 96 h, and intestinal lactase activity determined. No decreases in lactase, sucrase or GGTP activities were observed suggesting the reported diarrheal states following phototherapy are not related to light energy or photooxidation products.
- Gunn rat
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental Biology