Gastroparesis disrupts the healthy functioning of the digestive system. Inadequate muscle contractions in the stomach interrupt the normal movement of food, delaying or preventing the emptying of the stomach into the small intestine. This hindrance results in the disruption of proper nutrient absorption in the small intestine and can lead to a host of uncomfortable symptoms and harmful complications. There are three types of gastroparesis: idiopathic, diabetic, and postsurgical. The cause of the idiopathic type, the most prevalent of three, is unknown.
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