Absence of hydrochloric acid in the gastric secretions.
- Malabsorption may be caused by delayed gastric emptying, prior or concurrent injury, achlorhydria, and reduced gastric mucin secretion.
- There has also been an increased incidence of atrophic gastritis and achlorhydria in patients with gluten sensitivity.
- Anyone without achlorhydria secretes hydrogen ions from gastric mucosa whether fed orally, by a nasogastric tube, or parenterally.
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