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?
To diagnose gastroparesis, the doctor will review the symptoms and medical history. The doctor will do a physical exam and may order certain blood tests, including blood sugar levels. Other tests used to diagnose and evaluate gastroparesis may include:
• Barium X-ray :
• Radioisotope gastric-
• Gastric manometry
• The smart pill test
• Upper endoscopy
HOW IS GASTROPARESIS TREATED?
There is no cure and the condition is rather chronic. Medications such as erythromycin and reglan can be used to control the symptoms. People with diabetes are advised to manage their blood sugar levels to manage this condition.
DID YOU KNOW?
Though Gastroparesis is not a life threatening problem it does hamper your everyday activity and recurrence of the same could be a potential warning sign of cancer.