Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dumping Syndrome Underlying Cause

Dumping syndrome occurs when the stomach empties its contents into the small intestine too quickly. The most common cause of dumping syndrome is stomach surgery: the stomach may empty too quickly after surgery.

Surgical procedures that can cause dumping syndrome include:

  • Gastrectomy:
    • Removal of a portion of the stomach
  • Pyloroplasty:
    • Opening the passageway between the stomach and the small intestine
  • Vagotomy:
    • Cutting the nerves that supply the stomach

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2011 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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