Paralysis of the stomach muscles-Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis is the paralysis of the stomach muscles and this prevents or delays the stomach from emptying its contents into the small intestine. The causative factor may affect the stomach nerve supply to the muscle or the muscle itself.

Causes

Diabetes (Type I or II)
Anorexia nervosa
Nerve or muscle damaged or muscle due to surgery or other trauma
Thyroid disorders
Pancreatitis
Scleroderma
Post-viral syndrome

Symptoms

Feeling ‘full’ after small meals
Nausea
Vomiting
Belching
Unintentional loss of weight

Diagnosis

It can be done through:
A gastric emptying study uses radioactive material to monitor the flow of the stomach contents. It is useful in differentiating if the gastroparesis is also affecting the small intestine.
An endoscopy may also be useful to verify that there is no obstruction by a tumor in the stomach or intestines.

Diet

Take nutritional liquid or semi-solid diet.
Reduce or avoid intake of fatty within the diet
Do away with alcohol as it may further aggravate the delayed gastric emptying.

Home Remedies and OTC Drugs

Seek professional medical assistance. Immediately consult with your medical practitioner if you suspect that you may be suffering with gastroparesis.

Treatment

It involves a combination of dietary changes, drugs, electromechanical devices or surgery.

 



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