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Stomach Emptying is Slow Overview

Another name for Stomach Emptying is Slow is Gastroparesis.

What is gastroparesis?
A person with gastroparesis has a chronic condition where the stomach takes longer than normal to push food into the small intestine. Gastroparesis is caused by anything that damages the vagus nerve, which stimulates the stomach muscles to contract. The most common cause of gastroparesis is diabetes, which can damage nerves throughout the body. Other causes include anorexia nervosa, drug side effect, and surgery.

What are the symptoms of gastroparesis?
Symptoms of gastroparesis include abdominal bloating, abdominal swelling, poor appetite, abdominal pain, heartburn, nausea, vomiting undigested food, weight loss, and feeling full early during a meal.

How does the doctor treat gastroparesis?
Treatment for gastroparesis may include weight reduction, vitamin supplements, and small, frequent meals. Other measures include a low fat diet, low fiber diet, medications for nausea, and medications to encourage stomach emptying.

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Last Updated: Aug 19, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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