Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Gastroparesis
Browse and register for related classes.
Gastroparesis is a disorder in which the stomach takes too long
to empty after eating. The delay is caused by damage to the stomach nerves and
results in bloating, heartburn, and possibly serious symptoms because digestion is altered.
Diabetes is the most common cause of gastroparesis.
Other causes include some disorders of the nervous system, such as Parkinson's
disease and stroke, and some medicines, such as tricyclic antidepressants,
calcium channel blockers, and narcotics.
The most common symptoms of gastroparesis are:
Symptoms range from mild to severe. Severe symptoms of
gastroparesis may improve with treatment using medicines that help with nausea and vomiting (antiemetics) and medicines that help the stomach
empty more quickly (motility agents). In very severe cases, a feeding tube
placed in the small intestine may be needed.
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
250 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Share Feedback and Questions
View Quality Data
© 2017 Concord Hospital