What leads to imbalance in secretion of HCl?

Asked by somyap | 24th May, 2010, 10:48: AM

Expert Answer:

Many conditions can cause an imbalance in HCl secretion.

A lack of sufficient minerals in the daily diet gives rise to a deficiency in the hydrochloric acid production. It is known that certain salts, such as potassium, are needed by the glands responsible for its production.

Childhood asthma, alcoholism, chronic skin conditions, digestive disturbances, intestinal permeability, overgrowth by pathogenic bacteria or fungi, and evidence of parasites are conditions which may indicate impaired ability to secrete adequate HCl. Also non-ulcer dyspepsia (NUD) is often related to altered gastric output of hydrochloric acid and other secretions.

Answered by  | 25th May, 2010, 08:11: AM

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