Gastroparesis 101

Updated April 3, 2016

Gastroparesis 101:

Some Points:

  • Gastroparesis… Gastroparesis literally defined is “paralysis of the stomach”. Clinically defined, the term “Delayed Gastric Emptying” with graded degrees of severity is more accurate. Gastroparesis is a functional disorder. (The problem is not with the physical structure of the stomach; it is in how the stomach functions.)
  • There are three subdivisions of Gastroparesis. Diabetic, Idiopathic, and Post-surgical.
  • Gastroparesis may subside in diabetics when glucose levels stabilize.
  • Post-surgical Gastroparesis can result from nerve damage following abdominal surgeries such as gall-bladder surgeries, bariatric surgery, anterior approach spinal surgery, fundoplication, or vagotomy, among others.
  • Any condition affecting the autonomic nervous system can lead to Gastroparesis.
  • Idiopathic Gastroparesis may result from any upper GI viral, bacteriological, or parasitic insult.

General Information:

Diagnostics (Testing)


  • Introduced May 13, 2015. Pending in 114th Congress, a bipartisan Bill to further research and awareness of motility disorders. View the full text of H.R.2311, Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2015, HERE.

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Treatment Options

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