pH, Body Fluid
Gastric fluid pH can help determine if acid production in the stomach is normal.
The pH value is a measure of hydrogen ion concentration. A variety of disease processes can alter pH values. Determining the pH value of a body fluid may help characterize the nature of the fluid.
Varies with fluid type and location.
Normal gastric fluid has a pH <3.5; any higher pH is abnormal.
No significant cautionary statements
Clinical Reference Provides recommendations for further in-depth reading of a clinical nature
Kaplan LA, Pesce AJ: Clinical Chemistry. Third edition. Mosby-Year Book Inc, 1996, p 823