How is gastroparesis diagnosed?

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Matthew L. Brengman, MD
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Typically, a patient will undergo an upper endoscopy, a gallbladder evaluation and, sometimes, a CAT scan of the abdomen before they get a gastric-emptying study. During the gastric-emptying study, the patient eats a meal (oatmeal or scrambled eggs) that has been labeled with a radioactive tracer. They’ll sit or stand under a detection camera that will measure how quickly the meal empties from the stomach. If it’s abnormal, they can be diagnosed with gastroparesis.

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