Dumping syndrome

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Tue, 04/09/2013
Dumping syndrome

Dumping syndrome is a disorder characterized by undigested stomach content moves too quickly into the small intestine than usual.

Dumping syndrome is otherwise calling as gastric dumping syndrome, rapid gastric emptying, late rapid gastric emptying or stomach dumping syndrome.

What is dumping syndrome?

Dumping syndrome or rapid gastric emptying is a condition characterize by ingested foods moves quickly out of the stomach as undigested food and enters the small intestine.

Most likely, development of this dumping syndrome is due to surgery to remove all or part of the stomach or surgically bypassing your stomach to help lose weight.

The common symptoms of dumping syndrome include abdominal cramps, nausea and diarrhea. Most people with dumping syndrome have symptoms soon after eating; other may experience symptoms one to three hours after eating. Some people experience both early and late symptoms.

Often dumping syndrome can be manageable by adjusting your diet; however, in serious cases may need medications or surgery.

Prevalence of dumping syndrome

Generally, about 25% to 50% of all individuals have undergone stomach surgery develop the dumping syndrome. However, only 1% to 5% of them had severely been disabling symptoms. Dumping syndrome has developed in 8.5% to 20% of individuals following surgery that cuts the vagus nerve and in 10% to 40% of individuals after partial gastrectomy. Approximately, 70% of individuals who have undergone gastric bypass surgery may experience the dumping syndrome.

Effects of dumping syndrome

Due to discomfort associated with the severe cases of dumping of undigested food, some may develop a fear of eating leads to lose of weight and malnutrition. People with dumping syndrome may also avoid outdoor physical activity in order to stay close to a toilet. Some even find difficulty keeping a job because of their chronic symptoms.