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Posted by: kamar1
Date: June 24, 2009 4:19 PM

Can a proper diagnosis for hypochlorhydria be made on the basis of a fasting (empty) pH of stomach (1.5) without using some sort of stimulation test to determine how the parietal cells secrete hydrochloric acid in relationship to the introduction of food in the stomach, and what is the basis of a parietal cell antibody blood test and what can the results of this test show/indicate?

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Re: Hypochlorhydia
Posted by: drron
Date: June 24, 2009 5:04 PM

A stomach pH or 1.5 would surely seem to rule out hypochlorhydria. So does ingestion of 10 grains Betaine HCL with a meal followed by acid symptoms - burning, reflux, or plain stomach ache. As far as I know, parietal stim tests are used in reseach. If you are aware of a standardized pariental stim test, please let me know. Anti-pariental antibodies are used to help rule in or out pernicious anemia, gastric ulcer, and atrophic gastritis; less commonly thyroid disease, diabestes and Iron deficiency anemia. The test measures antibodies made by your own immune system which attack the parietal cells.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at June 24, 2009 5:42 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

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