Gastroparesis, (Delayed Gastric Emptying) A Simple Guide To The Condition, Diagnosis, Treatment And Related Conditions

by Kenneth Kee

Publisher: Kenneth Kee

Publication Date: November 29, 2016

ISBN: 9781370142804

Binding: Kobo eBook

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Gastroparesis is a medical disorder that decreases the ability of the stomach to empty its contents.
It does not involve an obstruction (blockage).
The spontaneous motility of the muscles in the stomach does not move normally.
Normally, strong muscular contractions push food through the digestive tract.
But in gastroparesis, the stomach's movements work poorly or not at all.
This stops the stomach from emptying properly.
Gastroparesis can affect normal digestion, produce nausea and vomiting, and induce problems with blood sugar levels and nutrition.
Some people form gastroparesis after surgery.
There is no cure for gastroparesis, but altered diet, along with medicines, can present some relief.
Gastroparesis is thought to be the result of a difficulty with the nerves and muscles regulating the emptying of the stomach.
If these nerves are injured, the muscles of the stomach may not function properly and the movement of food can slow down.
A injured vagus nerve avoids the muscles in the stomach and intestine from functioning, preventing food from moving through the digestive system properly.
Risk factors for gastroparesis are:
1. Diabetes
2. Gastrectomy (surgery to remove part of the stomach)
3. Systemic sclerosis
4. Use of medicine that blocks certain nerve signals (anticholinergic medicine)
But in many patients, gastroparesis is thought to be produced by injury to a nerve that regulates the stomach muscles (vagus nerve).
Diabetes is one of the most frequent causes for gastroparesis.
Other causes are:
1. Infections,
2. Endocrine disorders like hypothyroidism,
There are many symptoms of gastroparesis, such as:
1. Vomiting undigested food
2. Nausea
3. A feeling of fullness after eating just a few bites
4. Abdominal bloating
Diagnosis is by:
1. Gastric emptying study - most essential test
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