Effects of age on gastric alkaline and nonparietal fluid secretion in humans

Mark Feldman, Byron Cryer

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Little is known about the effect of age on gastric alkaline and nonparietal secretion. Using a previously validated technique, we prospectively measured gastric HCO3 - and nonparietal volume secretion, as well as secretion of H+, Na+, K+, and Cl-, in 114 healthy human beings over a wide age range (18-82 years). Each subject had normal oxyntic mucosal histology, was on no medication known to affect gastric secretion, and was studied under both basal (fasting) conditions and following stimulation of gastric H+ secretion by pentagastrin. There was a significant (p < 0.05) decline in gastric HCO3 -, Na+, and nonparietal fluid secretion with advancing age, but not in H+, K+, Cl- or parietal fluid secretion. As a consequence of reduced gastric HCO3 - and nonparietal fluid secretion, mean H+ concentrations in gastric juice increased significantly with advancing age. Thus, in healthy subjects with normal gastric histology, advancing age was associated with a significant decline in gastric HCO3 -, Na+, and nonparietal fluid secretion, resulting in an increase in gastric acidity (H+ concentration).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-227
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998



  • Acid (H) secretion
  • Bicarbonate (HCO ) secretion
  • Chloride (Cl) secretion
  • Nonparietal fluid secretion
  • Potassium (K) secretion
  • Sodium (Na) secretion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging

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