Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine. It can be caused by damage to the vagus nerve, which regulates the digestive system. A damaged vagus nerve prevents the muscles in the stomach and intestine from functioning, preventing food from moving through the digestive system properly. The primary symptoms of gastroparesis are nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
HOW IS GASTROPARESIS DIAGNOSED?
The condition is diagnosed by a general physician with physical examination coupled with a few blood tests. Barium X-ray, gastric scintigraphy, gastric manometry are other examinations conducted. Ultrasound and upper endoscopy may also be performed as part of the diagnosis.
HOW IS GASTROPARESIS TREATED?
Treatment of gastroparesis depends on the severity of the person’s symptoms. In most cases, treatment does not cure gastroparesis, which is usually a chronic, or long-lasting, condition. Gastroparesis is also a relapsing condition—the symptoms can come and go for periods of time. Treatment helps people manage the condition so they can be as comfortable and active as possible. Changing eating habits can sometimes help control the severity of gastroparesis symptoms. Several prescription medications are available to treat gastroparesis. A combination of medications may be used to find the most effective treatment.
DID YOU KNOW?
That there are advanced levels of treatment for Gastroparesis, like electrical stimulation and so on?