To investigate the hypothesis that the isolated lactase deficiency seen in healthy adults may be an acquired enzyme deficiency resulting from nonspecific insults or diseases, jejunal disaccharidase activity was measured in 6 volunteers who were challenged with Salmonella typhosa. Three were studied before and after the onset of clinical illness. Of the 6 individuals, 3 developed positive blood cultures and sustained fevers of greater than 103F for at least 2 days. There were no changes in lactase or other disaccharidase levels, and all values were within normal limits. Thus lactase deficiency was not produced by prolonged temperature elevations.
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