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Gastroparesis Dx: The 'gold standard' is a radiology study called a 'gastric emptying study'. That being said, certain conditions identified during upper endoscopy can be diagnostic. For example a large bezoar - a mass of undigested food (typically) is usually diagnostic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nausea and vomiting: Gastroparesis is a delay in the emptying of the stomach contents into the small intestine. Patients will feel full early when they begin eating. The condition is seen in diabetes, low thyroid function, viral infections and may occur as a result of certain medications. The diagnosis is confirmed by a nuclear medicine gastric emptying study. Small, multiple, low fat meals are a preferred diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Malnutrition: Untreated gastroparesis can cause nausea, indigestion, and fullness or bloating. It can lead to weight loss and malnutrition. Gastroparesis can be caused by medications such as prescription pain pills. It can be a complication of diabetes, or occur on its own (idiopathic). There are medications which work in some patients, but treatment can be difficult. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gastroparesis: I have never seen a death due to gastroparesis alone. Theoretically, the resulting dehydration from the vomiting could kill you, if not treated appropriately, particularly if you have other disease conditions. Gastroparesis usually involves chronic vomiting due to paralysis of the stomach which leads to dehydration, and often requires hospitalization to manage the dehdyration and salt losses. ...Read more
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