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Dietary and Nutritional Recommendations for Patients with Dumping Syndrome (Rapid Gastric Emptying)

Dumping syndrome describes a collection of symptoms that occurs when food is emptied too quickly from the stomach, filling the small intestine with undigested food that is not adequately prepared to permit efficient absorption of nutrients in the small intestine. Symptoms include nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, dizzy spells, weakness, and cold sweats either with or after eating. Medical management involves dietary changes, and at times, the use of medications.

Topics: Diarrhea, loose stools, Diet, Foods, Fact Sheet, Motility, Other Disorders/Symptoms, Stomach Disorders

About the Authors

  • Carol Rees Parrish, RD, MS

    Nutrition Support Specialist, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA

  • Henry C. Lin, MD

    Chief, Gastroenterology Section, New Mexico VA Health Care System and Professor of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

  • Henry P. Parkman, MD

    Associate Professor of Medicine and Physiology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

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