How does delayed gastric emptying manifest in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

Updated: Oct 16, 2020
  • Author: Marco G Patti, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Although delayed gastric emptying is present in as many as 60% of patients with GERD, this emptying defect is usually a minor factor in the pathogenesis of the disease in most patients (except in patients with advanced diabetes mellitus or connective tissue disorders). Patients with delayed gastric emptying typically experience postprandial bloating and fullness in addition to other symptoms. Gastric emptying studies may be worthwhile in the evaluation of patients in whom delayed gastric emptying is believed to contribute to the manifestation of GERD symptoms.

See Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Imaging for more information.

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