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Table 6 Digestion/Absorption Markers.

From: Gastrointestinal flora and gastrointestinal status in children with autism – comparisons to typical children and correlation with autism severity

  Autism/Aspergers Control P-value
Elastase (μg/mL) 487.0 ± 38.3 481.5 ± 61.1 n.s.
Fat Stain 0.17 ± 0.6 0.21 ± 0.6 n.s.
Muscle Fibers 0.19 ± 0.4 0.33 ± 0.5 n.s.
Vegetable Fibers 1.24 ± 0.6 1.28 ± 0.5 n.s.
Carbohydrates 0.17 +/- 0.68 None detected n.s.
  1. Fat stain, muscle fibers, and vegetable fibers were rated 0-4 with 0 = none, 1 = rare, 2 = few, 3 = moderate, 4 = many. Carbohydrates were listed as either negative or positive with a positive value indicating carbohydrate malabsorption from the presence of reducing substances in the stool sample.