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Personalized and Functional Medicine Testing for Digestive Dysfunction 

Personalized and Functional Medicine Testing for Digestive Dysfunction
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Personalized and Functional Medicine Testing for Digestive Dysfunction
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Helen Messier

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10.1093/med/9780190933043.003.0026
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date: 27 July 2021

Appropriate laboratory testing can provide insights into both the cause and possible interventions for digestive dysfunction. This chapter describes certain functional medicine laboratory testing that has been available for a number of years, as well as some of the recently available testing that is based on new scientific discoveries, and the development of next-generation high-throughput sequencing and mass spectrometry technologies. As with all laboratory testing, the results of these tests must be taken in the context of the overall clinical picture. A knowledge of the methodologies used will provide an understanding of the pros and cons of each test, and will enable the appropriate use of testing that is likely to be an out-of-pocket expense.

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