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January 26, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(4):260. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.82970390001013

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Recently two commercial preparations for testing for urinary glucose, Clinistix and Tes-Tape, based on the use of the enzyme glucose oxidase, have appeared on the market. Outstanding characteristics of each test are extreme simplicity and high specificity. The two preparations differ in that Clinistix is described by the manufacturer as being useful for a qualitative testing, whereas Tes-Tape comes with a color chart for quantitation of urinary glucose.

At the present time, many clinicians utilize the determination of the concentration of sugar in urine as an important phase of diabetes regulation. This is commonly done by grading the degree of reaction of the Benedict qualitative test or by use of the product Clinitest. The advent of Clinistix and Tes-Tape makes it important to establish whether these preparations do or do not have the ability to quantitate urinary sugar. Since a number of physicians have pointed out to me that they

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