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Condition in which the stomach fails to produce hydrochloric acid, even after stimulation (with histamines or gastrins). Hydrochloric acid is important because it destroys bacteria in tissue, plays a part in the digestion of protein and affects the absorption of iron and vitamin Bl2 among other things. Despite this, a shortage does not usually have serious consequences. Only if the stomach wall also fails to produce enzymes for the digestion of food (achylia gastrica) can major digestive problems occur, in which case the missing enzymes have to be taken in tablet form.

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