Gastroparesis Clinical Research
Are you familiar with the medical condition known as gastroparesis? This disorder is a focus of some of the clinical trials we conduct here at our clinic in DeLand, FL. The name may not be familiar, but the effects are known to many. By working with other clinics to improve our knowledge of gastroparesis, we can develop more improved treatments and prevention methods for this condition.
(Would you be interested in participating in a gastroparesis clinical trial in DeLand? Click on the link above to see if you qualify.)
What Causes Gastroparesis?
The stomach uses muscles in order to function properly. This particular disorder acts to disrupt the spontaneous movement of these muscles. Without these strong contractions, food doesn’t get passed through the digestive tract as effectively. The stomach is unable to empty properly.
Gastroparesis often causes nausea or even vomiting. It also can create nutritional defects and significant blood sugar fluctuations.
Despite knowing all of this, doctors often have a tough time identifying the cause of the disorder. They refer to those cases as idiopathic gastroparesis (IG). Documented causes of gastroparesis include:
- Poorly managed diabetes
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Botched gastric surgery
- An underlying rare condition like scleroderma and amyloidosis
- Certain types of medication, such as narcotic pain-relievers
Signs & Symptoms of Gastroparesis
As mentioned earlier, this disorder is known to cause nausea and vomiting, but it can also produce these other symptoms:
- Abdominal bloating
- Abdominal pain
- Feeling full after only a few bites
- Reduce appetite
- Fluctuations in blood sugar levels
- Weight loss and even malnutrition.
Risk Factors for Gastroparesis
You’ve seen that diabetes and abdominal surgery pose a risk for this condition, but what other risk factors should you be aware of:
- Viral infections
- Radiation therapy and other specific cancer treatments
- Medications that inhibit the rate at which the stomach empties
- Parkinson’s as well as multiple sclerosis
- Low thyroid or hypothyroidism
- Middle agaed and younger women are the most likely to develop idiopathic gastroparesis.
This particular disorder can also cause a number of serious complications which you should be aware of too!
- Dehydration – Cases that are accompanied by excessive vomiting can leave someone severely dehydrated.
- Bezoars – This is the term for undigested food that remains in the stomach. This will eventually harden and can cause additional nausea and vomiting. These can be deadly if they block further food from being able to pass into the small intestine.
- Blood sugar fluctuations – This disorder doesn’t cause diabetes, but it can lead to some severe complications for people who have both. The inconsistent passage of food into the small bowel can lead to unpredictable blood sugar highs and lows.
- Malnutrition – No hunger leads to less eating which can quickly lead to malnutrition. Others may develop malnutrition due to repeat vomiting.
- Lower Quality of LIfe – the symptoms of gastroparesis can have an impact on all aspects of a patient’s life.
Looking for more resources on Gastroparesis?
We recommend checking out these sites:
- The Digestive Health Alliance
- The Gastroparesis & Dysmotilities Association
- American College of Gastroenterology
Participating in a Clinical Trial in DeLand, Florida
Are you interested in enrolling in our gastroparesis clinical trial? Our dedicated research team would love to talk to you. If you have some questions, then we recommend that you check out our participant resource section. It should help answer some of the questions you have.
Participants can receive compensation for time and travel expenses. Our clinic also does not require that you have health insurance to enroll in a study.
Avail Clinical Research in DeLand is a well respected clinic with the resources to conduct a wide range of clinical trials. You don’t have to be living with gastroparesis to qualify for one. Our research team can help you find another one that you are qualified for. If you’re interested in helping us advance modern medicine, please call us today at (386) 785-2400.