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Delayed Gastric Emptying

Delayed Gastric Emptying Causes

The common causes of gastroparesis include surgery, medications, cancer treatments and diabetes. After an operation involving your stomach, esophagus or the upper part of your small intestine, symptoms may develop immediately. Common side effects of chemotherapy on cancer treatments may also contribute in nausea and vomiting. Other disorders or medical conditions also add up or cause gastroparesis. Among such disorders are bulimia and anorexia, nervous system illnesses and metabolic disorders.

Delayed Gastric Emptying Definition

A condition in which the muscles of your stomach don't function normally is called gastroparesis or delayed gastric emptying. Usually, strong muscular contractions propel food through the digestive tract, and if the muscles in the wall of the stomach work poorly or not all, it would prevent the stomach from emptying properly and therefore, letting one would experience delayed gastric emptying.

Delayed Gastric Emptying Diagnosis

Tests that check specifically for signs of the disorder are being done by doctors in order to help diagnose gastroparesis. Gastric emptying studies are considered as the most accurate way in diagnosing gastroparesis.

Delayed Gastric Emptying Symptoms and Signs

Vomiting, a feeling of fullness after eating just a few bites (early satiety) and nausea are among the signs and symptoms of gastroparesis. Vomiting usually happens when you have already eaten and your stomach is still full of undigested food and normal stomach secretions after several hours. Acids and accumulated stomach enzymes sometimes can also cause vomiting when you don't eat.

Delayed Gastric Emptying Treatment

The first step in treating the condition is controlling diabetes or any other underlying condition causing gastroparesis. Dietary changes and medications that increase stomach contractions are the mainstay of gastroparesis treatment as well.

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