Continuous monitoring of sodium ion concentration in the human stomach--a new technique for the detection of duodenogastric reflux.

Digestion

PubMedID: 1426693

Smythe A, Bird NC, Johnson AG. Continuous monitoring of sodium ion concentration in the human stomach--a new technique for the detection of duodenogastric reflux. Digestion. 1992;52(1):20-5.
Measurement of sodium ion concentration in gastric juice offers a simple means of detecting duodenogastric reflux (DGR). Using aspirated gastric juice, we measured sodium ion concentration, bile acid levels and phospholipase A2 activity and found that sodium ion levels increase along with these other standard markers during DGR. Following this, using a sodium ion selective electrode and a portable data logger, continuous recordings of sodium ion concentration were made in the human stomach. These studies demonstrated the ability of sodium ion monitoring to detect major DGR episodes in the body of the stomach.