The emptying of the stomach after eating may be increased in certain conditions. This may range from being asymptomatic to quite significant.


Conditions associated with rapid gastric emptying:

(1) early diabetes mellitus

(2) following gastric surgery

(3) pancreatic exocrine insufficiency

(4) duodenal ulcer disease

(5) gastrinoma with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (results in large volumes of gastric acid entering the small bowel)


Clinical findings may include none, some or all of the following:

(1) nausea and vomiting

(2) abdominal pain

(3) bloating

(4) vasomotor symptoms (faintness, palpitations)

(5) early (right after eating) or late "dumping" syndrome with diarrhea (see below under complications of gastric surgery).


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