Gastroparesis is a condition where the stomach empties too slowly with no blockage evident. The prevalence of gastroparesis is not well-defined as it is not a common condition and is estimated to affect up to 5 million individuals in the United States. Out of 100,000 people, about 10 men and 40 women are diagnosed with gastroparesis. Symptoms similar to those of gastroparesis can occur in about 1 our of every 4 adults in the US, so a diagnosis is confirmed by a test.
Symptoms of Gastroparesis
Diagnosis of gastroparesis (GP) begins with tests to determine if there is anything preventing the stomach from emptying properly and if symptoms are caused by another condition. These tests may include:
Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
This screen test helps your surgeon evaluate symptoms of chest pain, nausea and vomiting, heartburn, bleeding and/or trouble swallowing. It can alse detect inflammation, ulcers, hernias, and tumors. An upper endoscopy is more accurate than an x-ray for discoverying abnormal growths such as cancer and for examining the inside of the upper digestive system.
Causes of Gastroparesis
In the majority of GP cases, the cause is unknown or deemed "idiopathic".
Treatments for GP
Treatments aim to manage symptoms over a long-term. For mild symptoms, it is possible to control gastroparesis through dietary and lifestyle changes. However, moderate to severe symptoms may need additional treatment with medication.
If you have any of the symptoms of GP, schedule an appointment with one of our surgeons at Surgical Clinic, PC.
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