Gastroparesis Complications

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Thu, 06/24/2010

Food stays too long in the stomach causing bacterial overgrowth, and it becomes hard called bezoars. End up with malnutrition and weight loss.

Complications of gastroparesis

  • Bezoars are hard-undigested food in the stomach, a solid mass that is similar to a hairball in a cat. Bezoars are likely to cause nausea and vomiting and may be life threatening if they prevent food from passing into your small intestine.
  • Blood-glucose control, Gastroparesis can make diabetes worse by making diabetes control more difficult. Because of delayed stomach emptying and entry into the small intestine, the glucose absorption is unpredictable; person’s glucose levels can be erratic and trouble to control.
  • Weight loss and malnutrition, delayed stomach emptying affects the body's ability to digest and absorb nutrients effectively. Bacterial overgrowths can also contribute to poor absorption, the dangerous growth of harmful microorganisms that inhabit the gut. Beneficial bacteria's usually keep these organisms in check, but food fermentation in the stomach disrupts the balance of good and bad bacteria.