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Gastroparesis, also called gastric stasis, occurs when there is delayed gastric emptying. Delayed gastric emptying means your stomach takes too long to empty its contents. If the food hardens into a solid mass, this could cause nausea, vomiting, and obstruction in the stomach, which blocks food from passing into the small intestine.
Gastroparesis: What You Need to Know
- Causes of gastroparesis include diabetes, previous gastric surgery, infection and anorexia nervosa.
- Diagnostic procedures, including an upper endoscopy, can confirm a diagnosis of gastroparesis.
- Your doctor’s goal is to correct or reverse any underlying problems causing the gastroparesis; if that is not possible, then the goal is to relieve your symptoms.
- Treatment for gastroparesis includes dietary changes, medication and endoscopic treatment.
Normal gastric motility (movement) and emptying requires intricate coordination between the nervous system and the smooth muscles of your gastrointestinal system. When something interferes with this coordination, it could affect gastric function and gastric emptying.
Read a more in-depth article about gastroparesis, written by Johns Hopkins gastroenterologists, which details the anatomical description of the causes of gastroparesis.
Why choose Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for gastroparesis?
Our specialists are experienced at looking for underlying causes for gastroparesis and treating its symptoms.Meet our physicians:
Motility and Neurogastroenterology Team
Noninvasive and painless, the Wireless Motility Capsule provides data that can help treat your gastroparesis.Learn more about the Wireless Motility Capsule.
Our Specialty Centers
The Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology aims to relieve GI disorders rooted in the nervous system.Find out more about the center’s work.