Journal article

Circulating gastrointestinal hormone abnormalities in patients with severe idiopathic constipation.

JR van der Sijp, MA Kamm, JM Nightingale, LM Akkermans, MA Ghatei, SR Bloom, JB Jansen, JE Lennard-Jones

Am J Gastroenterol | Published : 1998

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine if there is an abnormality of circulating gastrointestinal hormones in patients with severe idiopathic constipation. METHODS: Twelve patients, all female (median age 34 yr) and 12 healthy controls (eight female, median age 32 yr) were studied. A radioisotope-labeled solid/liquid meal was ingested, and the serum hormone response, as well as the relationship between serum hormones and rates of gastric emptying and small intestinal transit, were studied for 180 min postprandially. RESULTS: Somatostatin levels were higher in patients with constipation (basal level, controls vs patients, 31 vs 57 pmol/L, p < 0.05, median values; peak level, 48 vs 60, p < 0..

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