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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Dumping Syndrome (Overview)

A condition that occurs occurs when food, especially sugar, moves too fast from the stomach to the duodenum—the first part of the small intestine—in the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This condition is also called rapid gastric emptying (early dumping syndrome) and it occurs 10 to 30 minutes after a meal.


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What is "dumping syndrome?

What is "dumping syndrome?

Dumping syndrome: It's the nausea, cramping, diarrhea, and dizziness that happens after food passes too quickly out of the stomach and into the small intestine. It's often associated with gastric bypass surgery. The symptoms can happen immediately after eating or up to a few hours afterwards.

Dr. Erik Borncamp
39 Doctors shared insights

Dumping Syndrome (Overview)

A condition that occurs occurs when food, especially sugar, moves too fast from the stomach to the duodenum—the first part of the small intestine—in the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This condition is also called rapid gastric emptying (early dumping syndrome) and it occurs 10 to 30 minutes after a meal.


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I have every symptom of dumping syndrome. However I've had zero surgeries or procedures. Is this even possible?!

I have every symptom of dumping syndrome. However I've had zero surgeries or procedures. Is this even possible?!

Dumping: Syndrome appears after gastric resection by definition, so you don't have it. If you are having post prandial hypoglycemia or diarrhea, you should have it checked out by a GI specialist.

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I was wondering what is the risk factors, signs and symptoms of dumping syndrome?

I was wondering what is the risk factors, signs and symptoms of dumping syndrome?

Dumping syndrome: Dumping syndrome implies bolus emptying of the stomach into the duodenum with associated release of digestive hormones ; insulin. Metabolic, motility, anatomic (shunts of upper GI tract), ; iatrogenic (drug side effects) factors are causative. Symptoms include: flushing, sweating, dizziness, weakness, hypovolemia, ; vasomotor collapse (passing out).

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Can you have dumping syndrome without surgery?

Can you have dumping syndrome without surgery?

No.: Dumping syndrome is comprised of symptoms such as bloating, pain, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, lightheadedness, etc. That occur after gastric (stomach) surgery. Such procedures for ulcers, cancer, and nowadays more commonly bariatric procedures like roux en y gastric bypass are known to produce dumping syndrome. This is due to the pyloric valve of the stomach being bypassed or removed.

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@ age 17 in 2001 my g-bladder removed & have seen 2drs don't know if myg-bladder being out can cause IBS & dumping syndrome & acid reflux?

@ age 17 in 2001 my g-bladder removed & have seen 2drs don't know if myg-bladder being out can cause IBS & dumping syndrome & acid reflux?

Cholecystectomy: Or removal of your gall bladder can cause diarrhea due to the bile salts. If this is what you are calling dumping, ask your doctor about a trial of Cholestyramine 1-3 times per day. This will usually fix the diarrhea but needs to be taken regularly.

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Any cure for "dumping syndrome" where food digests very fast?

Any cure for "dumping syndrome" where food digests very fast?

Diet change: Primary recommendations are dietary changes to smaller, more frequent meals. Cholestyramine has been used with some success. And if there is an issue with too much gastrin, proton pump inhibitors can be tried (zollinger-ellison syndrome).

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Does anyone get dumping syndrome after having their gallblader out?

Does anyone get dumping syndrome after having their gallblader out?

Yes: This is certainly a possibility, although not very common; one can have abdominal pain, cramping, loose stools within 1-3 hours after eating. Smaller, more frequent meals are recommended. In addition can try cholestyramine.

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What are the risk factor of dumping syndrome?

What are the risk factor of dumping syndrome?

Past surgeries: The primary risk factor is past surgeries, such as gastrectomy, gastric bypass, esophagectomy and sometimes cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). More rarely are tumors of the pancreas associated with high gastrin levels or connective tissue disorders of the gut.

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What is "dumping syndrome?

Dumping syndrome: It's the nausea, cramping, diarrhea, and dizziness that happens after food passes too quickly out of the stomach and into the small intestine. It's often associated with gastric bypass surgery. The symptoms can happen immediately after eating or up to a few hours afterwards.

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What are the risk factor of dumping syndrome?

Past surgeries: The primary risk factor is past surgeries, such as gastrectomy, gastric bypass, esophagectomy and sometimes cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). More rarely are tumors of the pancreas associated with high gastrin levels or connective tissue disorders of the gut.

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What is the definition or description of: dumping syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: dumping syndrome?

Post surgey: It is a constellation of symptoms including nausea, weakness, sweating, palpitations diarrhea, a sensation of warmth and feeling that you might pass out. It often occurs in people who have had surgery on the stomach \with a bypass to a different part of the small intestine.

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Can a gastrectomy cause dumping syndrome?

Can a gastrectomy cause dumping syndrome?

Yes: Dumping syndrome is not uncommon after a gastrectomy, and is usually treated by eating 6 small meals per day.

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Can you have dumping syndrome without surgery?

No.: Dumping syndrome is comprised of symptoms such as bloating, pain, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, lightheadedness, etc. That occur after gastric (stomach) surgery. Such procedures for ulcers, cancer, and nowadays more commonly bariatric procedures like roux en y gastric bypass are known to produce dumping syndrome. This is due to the pyloric valve of the stomach being bypassed or removed.

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Can dumping syndrome be treated without surgery?

Can dumping syndrome be treated without surgery?

Depends: What previous surgery did you have that caised the dumping. Resubmit the question with this information

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Could someone get dumping syndrome months after surgery?

Could someone get dumping syndrome months after surgery?

Dumping syndrome: Dumping syndrome implies bolus emptying of the stomach into the duodenum with associated release of digestive hormones ; insulin. Metabolic, motility, anatomic (shunts of upper GI tract), & iatrogenic (drug side effects) factors are causative. Symptoms include: flushing, sweating, dizziness, weakness, hypovolemia, & vasomotor collapse (passing out).

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Does anyone get dumping syndrome after having their gallblader out?

Yes: This is certainly a possibility, although not very common; one can have abdominal pain, cramping, loose stools within 1-3 hours after eating. Smaller, more frequent meals are recommended. In addition can try cholestyramine.

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What risk factors, signs and symptoms are common in dumping syndrome?

What risk factors, signs and symptoms are common in dumping syndrome?

Dehydration: Risk include dehydration, loss of nutrients, diarrhea. Dumping syndrome usually results when high osmotic load such food from stomach meets mid intestines after gastric bypass surgery or other surgery involving intestines in which the duodenum (first part of the intestine) is bypassed. Duodenum is made to handle that load but lower part of the gut is not and leads to severe diarrhea after eating.

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I was wondering what is the risk factors, signs and symptoms of dumping syndrome?

Dumping syndrome: Dumping syndrome implies bolus emptying of the stomach into the duodenum with associated release of digestive hormones ; insulin. Metabolic, motility, anatomic (shunts of upper GI tract), ; iatrogenic (drug side effects) factors are causative. Symptoms include: flushing, sweating, dizziness, weakness, hypovolemia, ; vasomotor collapse (passing out).

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I have every symptom of dumping syndrome. However I've had zero surgeries or procedures. Is this even possible?!

Dumping: Syndrome appears after gastric resection by definition, so you don't have it. If you are having post prandial hypoglycemia or diarrhea, you should have it checked out by a GI specialist.