May also be called: Delayed Gastric Emptying; Stomach Paralysis
Gastroparesis (gas-tro-puh-REE-sis) is a digestive
disorder in which the stomach's ability to empty its contents is delayed or absent
even though there is nothing obstructing the digestive tract.
More to Know
Normally, the stomach moves about 90% of consumed food into the small intestine
within 4 hours. In people with gastroparesis, food stays in the stomach longer, which
can cause bloating, nausea, vomiting,
a premature feeling of fullness, and unintentional weight loss.
certain medications, infections, and a number of diseases and conditions can cause
gastroparesis. It also can be a side effect of upper gastrointestinal tract surgery
that damages the vagus nerve, which controls the stomach.
Keep in Mind
Many people with gastroparesis find relief by making changes to their diet, such
as eating low-fiber foods and having smaller, more frequent meals. Several medications
and treatments are available that might help relieve symptoms.
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