Delayed gastric emptying (also called gastroparesis) is a condition that affects the ability of the stomach to empty its contents even though there is no blockage. The origin of the condition is unknown, but a disruption of the nerve signals to the intestine may be the cause.
The symptoms of delayed gastric emptying include:
Persistent nausea and vomiting may cause complications such as malnutrition, dehydration or an imbalance of electrolytes (important minerals in your blood and bodily fluids).
If your child is experiencing symptoms of gastroparesis, a pediatric gastroenterologist will conduct exams and tests to make a diagnosis, assess the severity of the problem and rule out an obstruction. Tests include:
Treatments for delayed gastric emptying (gastroparesis) include:
Visit the websites below to find support groups and services and learn more about delayed gastric emptying (gastroparesis).
Riley at IU Health offers a broad range of supportive services to make life better for families who choose us for their children's care.
This website from the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders offers education and resources for children and families living with gastroparesis.
This website provides information and resources for patients and families living with gastroparesis.
The Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition Department at Riley at IU Health is currently collecting a database of information about patients with delayed gastric emptying. This information will be used to conduct outcomes research. The department is also conducting a study to monitor the quality of life of patients with gastroparesis. Ask your child's doctor for more information about participation in these studies.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
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