A study of the blood chemistry in two patients with celiac disease showed an increased tolerance for dextrose in both. A search of the literature revealed no data on carbohydrate metabolism in this disease. The question seemed of importance, and the investigations were continued until we are able to report our observations in fourteen cases.
The experimental procedure described in a previous communication has been followed with but two deviations. Some of the patients were on a milk-free diet which necessitated a change in the meal preceding the test. Instead of milk and toast, the same quantity of protein carbohydrate and fat were given in the form of toast, egg and butter. In cases 1, 2, 3 and 4, the dextrose given was calculated according to the actual weight of the patient. However, all the patients studied were so much underweight that the quantity of dextrose given was small