Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, causes food to leave the stomach much slower than normal, or not at all. The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, have the experience to treat children and teens with gastroparesis.
Gastroparesis is a condition in which the muscles in the stomach do not work as they should, causing food to empty from the stomach slowly, or not at all. Children with gastroparesis may constantly feel full, vomit undigested food and experience pain. Treatment can help children control symptoms.
The word gastroparesis means “paralysis of the stomach.” However, the stomach is not paralyzed in the condition. It is a neuromuscular disorder (a muscle and sensory issue) that has no known cause.
Each child may experience symptoms of gastroparesis differently, but symptoms can include:
Gastroparesis can occur with other chronic gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, including:
The board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists with Norton Children’s Gastroenterology will work with you and your child to develop a unique care plan that may include dietary therapy, medicines to increase gastric emptying as well as medicines that can help reduce nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and bloating.