What is it?

Early satiety is a term used to describe a feeling of fullness after eating only a small amount of food. Early satiety is usually caused by slow emptying of your stomach, a phenomenon called gastroparesis. It can also be the result of an obstruction of your bowels, the gastric outlet, or the esophagus, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), abdominal tumors, or ulcers of the stomach or the duodenum (the first part of the small bowel).

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of early satiety include: A feeling of fullness after eating only a small amount of food, inability to consume normal-sized meals, and nausea and vomiting after eating.


In order to investigate the reason for early satiety, your doctor will do a complete physical exam and ask about your health and family history. Then, he or she may order blood tests, endoscopy - a test to examines your esophagus and stomach for any pathology. A unique X-ray with contact may be used to check for any abnormality in your esophagus or stomach. Esophageal manometry test - a swallowing test that can help determine if your esophagus is able to move food to your stomach normally.


Treatments for early satiety usually include: special diet - low fat diet in small portions, medications against nausea and vomiting like Reglan or Domperdione

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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