Gastroparesis

Long-term (chronic) condition

Gastroparesis is a long-term condition where the stomach cannot empty itself properly

About gastroparesis

Gastroparesis can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Feeling full quickly when eating
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Gastroparesis is thought to be caused by a problem with the nerves and muscles involved in the emptying of the stomach.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of gastroparesis icon plus

    Some of the common symptoms of gastroparesis include:

    • feeling full all the time
    • nausea
    • bloating
    • loss of appetite
    • weight loss
    • stomach pain
    • heartburn
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your GP will discuss your symptoms with you to make a diagnosis. They may refer you to our neurogastroenterology diagnostic unit at a later date, where we may be able to carry out a number of tests to get to the root of the problem:

    • A barium swallow test, which involves swallowing a special liquid that will show up in an X-ray to show your digestive system in action.
    • A wireless capsule test, where we ask you to swallow a small electronic device that tells us how fast food can pass through your digestive tract.
    • Endoscopy, which involves inserting a thin, flexible telescope through your mouth to look into your throat and stomach.
  • Potential gastroparesis treatment options icon plus

    Depending on your symptoms and any test results, your GP or consultant will discuss your treatment options with you. These may range from dietary advice to prescribed drugs to help increase your stomach movements.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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