Affordable Access

Gastric secretory and plasma hormonal responses to sham-feeding of varying duration in patients with duodenal ulcer.

Publication Date
  • Research Article


Gastric acid and serum gastrin, pancreatic polypeptide, and insulin responses to cephalic vagal stimulation were studied in eight patients with duodenal ulcer using modified sham-feeding for periods varying from four to 30 minutes. In addition, the maximal acid response to sham-feeding was compared with that induced by pentagastrin in 10 healthy subjects and 14 patients with duodenal ulcer. It was found that the gastric acid response to modified sham-feeding reached the maximal value after 15 minutes of sham-feeding and amounted to about 68% of the pentagastrin maximum. The serum pancreatic polypeptide response was also increased after modified sham-feeding and depended on the duration of this procedure, whereas gastrin and insulin responses were not significantly affected by modified sham-feeding. When the peak acid output induced by modified sham-feeding was normalised as percentage of the peak response to pentagastrin, it was similar in healthy subjects and in patients with duodenal ulcer; this indicates that the increased peak acid response to modified sham-feeding observed in patients with duodenal ulcer corresponded with their greater parietal cell mass rather than with increased vagal tone.

There are no comments yet on this publication. Be the first to share your thoughts.


Seen <100 times