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Gastric Secretory Failure in Patients with the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

Gerond Lake-Bakaar, MD; Elizabeth Quadros, PhD; Sary Beidas, MD; Magdy Elsakr, MD; Winston Tom, MD; Donald E. Wilson, MD; Hosoon P. Dincsoy, MD; Paul Cohen, MD; and Eugene W. Straus, MD
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Requests for Reprints: Gerond Lake-Bakaar, MD, State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, 450 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Lake-Bakaar, Quadros, Beidas, Elsakr, Tom, Cohen, Wilson, and Straus: Department of Medicine, State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY 11203.

Dr. Dincsoy: Department of Pathology, Kings County Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 11203.

Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(6):502-504. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-109-6-502
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The importance of gastric juice as a barrier to enteric infections has been well established (1, 2). The frequency of gastrointestinal infections and diarrhea in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) prompted us to study their gastric secretory function.

Forty-eight patients diagnosed as having the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome according to criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control (3) were studied prospectively. The mean age of patients was 35 ± 9 years (mean ± 2 standard deviations [SD]). Thirty-six were men.

Five healthy controls, three of whom were men, were recruited from the personnel at our institution. The mean


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