Measurement of gastric emptying by octanoate metabolism.
, Bluck LJ
MRC-Human Nutrition Research, Elsie Widdowson Laboratory, Cambridge, UK. email@example.com
Since its introduction just over 10 years ago, there have been a number of studies that have used the octanoate breath test to assess gastric emptying. Although use of the method is on the increase (the number of gastric emptying studies published on PubMed using the octanoate breath test has doubled between the periods 1997-2000 and 2001-2004 compared with a drop of approximately 20% in the use of scintigraphy over the same periods), the methodology has not achieved universal acceptance, primarily because it can provide results comparable to established techniques only indirectly.
PMID: 16079626 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]