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A 36-year-old male asked:

is there any correlation or association between having gastroparesis and the symptom of shortness of breath?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Not directly.: When you're bloated from gastroparesis, the abdominal distention reduces diaphragmatic excursion during inhalation, so perhaps indirectly you may feel short of breath if you're distended in the abdomen.
Dr. Rashmee Patil
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Gastroparesis: Not commonly. Gastroparesis is known to cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, early satiety (feeling full after eating just a few bites), abdominal bloating or abdominal pain, and in some cases a loss of appetite. Shortness of breath is an uncommon symptoms but may be related to other comorbid conditions.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Indirectly: Gastroparesis can lead to a distended stomach which can create a sensation of shortness of breath but this wouldn't reflect true lung or heart disorders. A different situation would be either gerd or laryngopharyngeal reflux which can irritate the larynx and cause shortness of breath as well as coughing.

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Last updated Sep 27, 2015

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