Gastroparesis is a serious condition where a nerve disturbance interferes with the movement of the food through the stomach and along the digestive tract and prevents the stomach vacating its contents in the usual way. Doctors can call this "delayed gastric emptying," after having ruled out the presence of a mechanical obstruction. Patients with gastroparesis will complain of nausea, vomiting, pain, early satiety and bloating. Hospitals use various means to assess the condition, for example, through a Gastric Emptying Study and a Scintigraphic Gastric Accommodation test.
Patients suffering from long-standing and poorly controlled diabetes Type 1 or Type 2, may develop gastroparesis, secondary to the development of peripheral nerve lesions due to complications of diabetes. Therefore, the increased incidence of diabetes in western countries is likely to lead to more cases of gastroparesis. The need to avoid this serious stomach illness should strengthen diabetic patient's motivation to be extra careful in their diabetes care.
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