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Gastroparesis is a stomach disorder in which food moves through the stomach more slowly than normal. In a healthy digestive system, strong muscular contractions move food from the stomach through the digestive tract. With gastroparesis, however, the stomach muscles work poorly (or not at all), thus preventing the stomach from emptying properly.

The impact of gastroparesis on physical well being can be devastating. It can cause chronic nausea and vomiting and lead to malnutrition and inadequate blood sugar levels. Living with gastroparesis also affects emotional well being — the constant discomfort of chronic nausea and vomiting can have an impact on school and work performance, family and personal relationships, and social activities.

The number of people with gastroparesis is unknown. There is no cure, but there are therapies that improve symptoms and offer hope for a better quality of life.

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