Secretin is a gastrointestinal hormone that helps promote digestion of food.
It stimulates the stomach to produce the enzyme pepsin, the liver to produce bile, and the pancreas to produce digestive juices that help neutralize acidity in the intestines.
Secretin injections or infusions are used in the treatment of a variety of conditions including pancreatic dysfunction and gastrinoma.
Some people believe that secretin can also be used to treat some of the problems facing people with autism (such as gastro-intestinal problems) and lead to improvements in other areas (such as sociability, speech, and sleep).
This glossary is designed to explain some of the jargon and gobbledygook used by some people when they talk about autism or research..
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