The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 15–17 | Cite as

Hydrochloric acid therapy in achlorhydria

  • E. Frankel


It has been known that the administration of dilute HCl to achlorhydric patients in therapeutic doses fails to raise the free acidity of the stomach during the digestive cycle. The present investigation has confirmed this. Titration of various articles of food, the Rehfuss test meal and fasting juice, to which a known amount of acid was added, against N/10 NaOH, showed that most of the substances tested had definite neutralising power for HCl, and in many instances this was greater than the amount of acid which could be taken in therapeutic doses. By other means also it was shown that the therapeutic administration of HC1 fails to raise the free acidity in the stomach during digestion after a good meal. The suggestion is made to adopt a fixed amount of oatmeal of 2 ounces for the preparation of the test meal.


Free Acidity Test Meal Blood Sugar Curve Serum Phosphatase Dehydrate Food 
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  • E. Frankel
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  1. 1.Essex County HospitalWanstead

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