Gastroparesis: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 6/12/2020

Gastroparesis is a disease of the muscles of the stomach or the nerves controlling the muscles of the stomach that causes the muscles work more slowly or ineffectively. This leads to inadequate grinding of food by the stomach and poor emptying of food from the stomach into the intestine.

The main signs and symptoms of gastroparesis are

Other associated symptoms and signs can include

Causes of gastroparesis

A number of different conditions can cause gastroparesis, the most common of which is diabetes. Other possible causes include vagus nerve damage, scleroderma, certain medications, and thyroid disease. In some cases, there is no identifiable cause.

Other gastroparesis symptoms and signs


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