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World J Gastroenterol. Sep 21, 2008; 14(35): 5371-5376
Published online Sep 21, 2008. doi: 10.3748/wjg.14.5371
Satiety testing: Ready for the clinic?
Michael P Jones
Michael P Jones, Division of Gastroenterology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL 60611, United States
Correspondence to: Michael P Jones, MD, Division of Gastroenterology, Suite 1400, 676 North St Clair Street, Chicago, IL 60611, United States.
Telephone: +1-312-6954054 Fax: +1-312-6953999
Received: February 8, 2008
Revised: June 2, 2008
Accepted: June 9, 2008
Published online: September 21, 2008

Drink tests are advocated as an inexpensive, noninvasive technique to assess gastric function in patients with a variety of upper digestive symptoms. Many patients with dyspeptic complaints will achieve satiation or develop symptoms at ingested volumes below those typically required to achieve these endpoints in controls. Substantial variation in test performance exists and a greater degree of standardization is required. Additionally, it remains unclear exactly what drink tests measure as correlations with measures of gastric sensation, accomodation and emptying are modest at best. Finally, results of drink tests do not guide therapy. At present, these tests are best reserved for research studies and are not advocated for use in clinical practice.

Keywords: Drink test, Dyspepsia, Gastroparesis