What are the main symptoms of gastroparesis?

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Matthew L. Brengman, MD
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In a properly functioning digestive tract, the stomach muscles contract in a coordinated fashion to break up food and gradually move the food into the next portion of the intestine, requiring a coordinated action of the muscle of the stomach and the valve at the exit from the stomach.

In the digestive tract of a person suffering from gastroparesis, one or more of these processes do not function correctly. The food stalls, inducing common symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, bloating, reflux and a general feeling of being uncomfortably full. When severe, these symptoms can lead to little no food intake. This ongoing lack of nutrition resulting from gastroparesis can result in significant weight loss, hospitalization, dehydration and malnutrition.

Gastroparesis is generally a diagnosis suspected by the above symptoms and confirmed with x-ray, endoscopy and most commonly gastric emptying scans.

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