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In the U.S. -- Peptavlon In Canada -- Peptavlon Diagnostic aid, gastric function Description
Pentagastrin (pen-ta-GAS-trin) is a testing agent used to help diagnose problems or disease of the stomach. This test determines how much acid your stomach produces.
How the test is done: The dose of pentagastrin is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The pentagastrin is injected beneath the skin. Ten or 15 minutes later, the contents of the stomach are emptied and tested for the amount of the contents and the amount of acid in the contents. The procedure may be repeated several times.
Pentagastrin is used only under the supervision of a doctor. It is available in the following dosage form:
Parenteral Injection (U.S. and Canada) Before Having This Test