Rapid Gastric Emtying
Numbers of abnormalities/disorders, that can affect our health adversely, are associated with the malfunctioning of digestive system. In the succeeding paragraphs we will elaborate on one of such digestive system abnormalities called rapid gastric emptying.
Rapid gastric emptying is also referred to by another term dumping syndrome. Abnormally quick filling of jejunum (lower end of small intestine) with the undigested food from stomach is considered as the main cause behind appearance of this condition.
Different forms and symptoms of rapid gastric emptying
Based on the period taken for occurrence of dumping this condition is classified in two categories easy dumping and late dumping.
One may experience rapid gastric emptying either immediately after meals or even during meals. Occurrence of such condition is known as easy dumping. Nausea, bloating, vomiting, breath shortness and diarrhea are symptoms of early dumping.
Late dumping is characterized by sweating, weakness and dizziness and usually experienced after 1 to 3 hours after eating. An individual may have both forms of rapid gastric emptying.
Factors responsible for Rapid Gastric Emptying
Some types of surgeries that can make the stomach vulnerable to development of rapid gastric emptying condition as considered as the main cause behind occurrence of dumping syndrome. For example, Zollienger-Ellison syndrome is an unusual disorder which involves gastric-secreting tumors in pancreas and extreme peptic ulcer symptoms. People suffering from such health condition become more prone to development of rapid gastric emptying.
Diagnosis of Rapid Gastric emptying condition
Generally, an expert and experienced physician can diagnose the rapid gastric emptying condition by examining the symptoms experienced by the patient. You physical will consider all factors like recent gastric or other abdominal surgery and other factors attributable to occurrence of such condition. Some of the symptoms of rapid gastric emptying are identical to other stomach diseases. To overcome this possibility your doctor may advise certain medical investigations.
Treatment of Rapid Gastric Emptying
Medications and dietary changes are the most common methods used for treating rapid gastric emptying condition. The medication is aimed at providing relief by slowing the digestion process. However, medication is used only in severe cases. Dietary changes are considered as the best way of treating it. People suffering from this condition should take small meals number of times per day instead of taking full meals at a time. You must ensure that you take foods that are low in carbohydrates and take adequate quantity of fluids in between meals.
More information on Rapid Gastric Emptying
The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse maintains record of information resources on digestive diseases for the CHID (Combined Health Information Database). This database contains information released by various health-related agencies of the Federal Government. The CHID provides abstracts, titles and available information regarding resources on health and health education. You can log on to CHID web site for more information.
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House is another agency which can provide you more information on resources of information on rapid gastric emptying disease. In fact, NDDIC is a service of National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), which is a part of the National Institutes of Health under the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The clearing house was established in the year 1980 with an aim of providing information on digestive diseases to health care providers and general public. The NDDIC responds to queries made my digestive disease sufferers, works in coordination with health care professionals, government agencies and patient organization; and develops and distributes publications containing information on this subject. Publications released by the clearing house are reviewed carefully by the outside experts as well as NIDDK scientists.
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
2, Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3570
You can also get more information on Rapid Gastric Emptying or dumping syndrome from the following agency.
National Organization for Rare Disorders Inc
55, Kenosia Avenue
P.O. Box 1968
Danbury, CT 06813-1968
Web site: http://www.rarediseases.org