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Dumping Syndrome Overview

What is dumping syndrome?
A person with dumping syndrome has symptoms that occur when the stomach empties its contents into the small intestine too quickly. Dumping syndrome may occur after bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass, used to treat obesity. The surgical removal of a diseased portion of the intestine, as is the case with Crohn's disease and pancreatic cancer, may also trigger dumping syndrome.

What are the symptoms of dumping syndrome?
Common symptoms of dumping syndrome include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort after eating. Severe cases may cause weight loss.

How does the doctor treat dumping syndrome?
Treatment for dumping syndrome includes small, but frequent meals, plenty of fluids between meals, medications to control symptoms, and surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Dumping Syndrome References
  1. Bufler P, Ehringhaus C, Koletzko S. Dumping syndrome: a common problem following Nissen fundoplication in young children. Pediatr Surg Int. 2001 Jul;17(5-6):351-5. [1152716]
  2. Yamada M, Ohrui T, Asada M, Ishizawa K, Ebihara S, Arai H, Sasaki H. Acarbose attenuates hypoglycemia from dumping syndrome in an elderly man with gastrectomy. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Feb;53(2):358-9. [15673372]
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