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I often feel like my food is not being digested hours after eating, but my stomach is growling. Why is that?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: +/- Gastroparesis?

Consider gastroparesis=a slow-emptying stomach that is most symptomatic after the stomach fills from meals.
Maybe its functional due to brainstem reflexes induced by eating--often exaggerated in irritable bowel syndrome resulting in altered perception of gut distension, "growling", &modified transit of food. Sometimes, gastric outlet delay may reflect inflammation, scarring, biliary disease, more.

In brief: +/- Gastroparesis?

Consider gastroparesis=a slow-emptying stomach that is most symptomatic after the stomach fills from meals.
Maybe its functional due to brainstem reflexes induced by eating--often exaggerated in irritable bowel syndrome resulting in altered perception of gut distension, "growling", &modified transit of food. Sometimes, gastric outlet delay may reflect inflammation, scarring, biliary disease, more.
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