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Can lupus cause gastroparesis or vagal nerve damage?

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Dr. Robert Roschmann
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Unusual

Gastroparesis is more typically seen when there is a autonomic neuropathy condition as can be seen in diabetes.
Connective tissue disorders on occasion can also cause gastroparesis but those disorders are usually really to scleroderma conditions. In lupus you may see a complication called vasculitis in which there is inflammation of the blood vessels supplying a nerve. It would be unusual to see this affecting this nerve

In brief: Unusual

Gastroparesis is more typically seen when there is a autonomic neuropathy condition as can be seen in diabetes.
Connective tissue disorders on occasion can also cause gastroparesis but those disorders are usually really to scleroderma conditions. In lupus you may see a complication called vasculitis in which there is inflammation of the blood vessels supplying a nerve. It would be unusual to see this affecting this nerve
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