Gastroparesis

  • Definition

    Gastroparesis is a condition that reduces the ability of the stomach to empty its contents, but there is no blockage (obstruction).


    Alternative Names

    Gastroparesis diabeticorum; Delayed gastric emptying


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    The cause of gastroparesis is unknown, but it may be caused by a disruption of nerve signals to the stomach. The condition is a common complication of diabetes and can be a complication of some surgeries.

    Risk factors for gastroparesis include:

    • Diabetes
    • Gastrectomy (surgery to remove part of the stomach)
    • Systemic sclerosis
    • Use of medication that blocks certain nerve signals (anticholinergic medication)