Gastroparesis is the medical term for delayed stomach emptying. Gastroparesis, a stomach disorder, causes food to digest more slowly than normal and can cause nausea and vomiting.
Healthy digestive systems have the ability to move food from the stomach through the digestive tract. Some stomach muscles work poorly or not at all in people with gastroparesis.
There are several causes of gastroparesis including type 1 Diabetes and type 2 Diabetes and unknown reasons.
Gastroparesis can cause:
- Heartburn or gastoesophageal reflux (Gerd)
- Abdominal bloating
- Feelings of fullness after only a few bites of food
- Changes in blood sugar levels
- Lack of appetite
- Excessive weight loss and malnutrition
Usually based on a complete medical history, physical exam and test that may include:
- Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
- Gastric Emptying Test (GET)
- Gastroduodenal Manometry
- Electrogastrography (EGG)
Treatment for gastroparesis may include the use of a Gastric Pacemaker.
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