Gastroparesis Facts from the Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign Organization
Gastroparesis is a condition characterized by impaired transit of food from the stomach. There may also be a total loss of nerve and muscle movement in the stomach and intestines; therefore gravity continues the path for the food through the gastrointestinal organs. Patients may also be diagnosed with a more rare form of Gastroparesis called- Idiopathic Gastroparesis in which there is no known cause.
Gastroparesis is most commonly caused by diabetes, but can also be hereditary or occur as a result of surgery on the stomach or vagus nerve, viral infections, food poisoning, medications that slow contractions in the intestines such as anticholinergics and narcotics, gastric bypass, lapband, gastric sleeve surgery, smooth muscle disorders, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, metabolic disorders, autoimmune disorders, chemo/radiation therapy, Bells Palsy syndrome, Ramsey Hunt syndrome, Mitochondrial disease, Scleroderma, MS/Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease, stroke, Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia.
Many people have what is called Idiopathic Gastroparesis, meaning the cause is unknown and cannot be found.
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