Gastric emptying study

If there is a 6% gastric emptying study, is that really bad or what is the normal for a gastric emptying study????

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When I had mine, I had a 5.6% empty rate after 4 hours. My gi dr told me it was the worst result he'd seen. But without seeing the report and seeing how it's written it's hard to tell. Call your gi dr and ask him to explain it to you. Good luck, hope you feel better. michelle

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My GES had the following results:

75% of meal retained after one hour (37-90% normal)
60% of meal retained after two hours (30-60% normal)
34% of meal retained after four hours (0-10% normal)

I was given the diagnosis of moderate gastroparesis.

Hope this is helpful to you. I'm not sure if what you're referring to is an overall rating or the actual percentage of the meal retained, so you could be talking about something different. My test results did not list any kind of an "overall rating" - just the emptying times above.

Take care!
Mary Ellen

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Unfortunately because there are no universal standards as to how this test is done, it is hard to say exactly what your test result means without knowing more about how your test result was performed. Some are done for 90 minutes, some for four hours, some use different radioactive foods, some vary the mobility of the patient, etc. Also one does not know if your percentage refers to the entire test or only part such as compared to what would be a normal emptying time. The last time I had a GES, I had nothing leave my stomach at the end of four hours, but I was doing pretty bad at the time, and completely dependent on j-tube feeds. I hope that you can get more information about your test so as to be able to put into context and thus be better able to understand what it means. Best of wishes.

Warm regards,
Bobbiejo

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Most typical people have a 50% emptying rate 2 hours after eating. That's the standard that the doctors compare our rates to. Mine was also 6%, and my doctor said it's close to the worst he's seen. Only 6% of digested food after 2 hours is severe gastroparesis.

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WinnieME - I just wanted to clarify - even with severe gastroparesis, I can still eat solid foods (from the gastroparesis diet). I take domperidone to help my stomach 'churn' and empty the food. Some days I can tolerate solid food better than other days when I stick to all liquids. Liquids are no problem at all - Ensure, , smoothies, even vanilla or banana yogurt... Did your doc explain about foods to avoid like high fiber and high fat foods? They delay stomach emptying even more -- something we don't need! Happy to answer any questions...

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Thanks for everyone's reply. I have been told to go on the gastroparesis diet which, at best, is pureed foods. I have been told to stay away from fiber, berries, beans, etc. I do cheat every now and then, just have to have something to "chew". My initial gastric emptying scan was read as "gastric emptying at 90 minutes was essentilally 19%" Then I had another one about 5 months later which read "The emptying study of 85 minutes was 6% versus the previous 19% 5 months earlier" I just want to do what is right so I do not have to have some of the major procedures that I read that some have. Right now I am on an ice cream kick which my nutritionist would say is very bad as fat is one of the worse things we can have. Anyway, I do appreciate everyone's replies and I am just praying that day to day I continue to do well. I have my really bad days and then I do have good days, but mostly the in-between with just the nausea and not wanting to eat or drink anything. I know it could be worse. God bless you all and you are in my prayers......I would appreciate your prayers as well.

Winnie

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Are you on nausea meds? I'm on phenergan and marinol, taking one after the other around the clock sort of and both together cut into it a bit, but I still have the nausea pretty bad. There are other nausea meds that might help. I'm thinking of you and hope you feel better soon. michelle

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I was on compazine and that did not help at all. I was also on Reglan which was really bad for me. I went in to major depression, had to get on antidepressants and I am not on any anti-nausea medications at present. I have my ups and downs, but fortunately right now, I am more ups than downs, but I do not want to take advantage of the ups and then have a really bad down and not come up again. I am really trying to eat/drink right, but it is so hard and I know there are many that are a lot worse off than me, so I guess I should not be whining......

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WinnieME, Check with your Dr if you can eat some solid things, like eggs, white toast, saltine crackers, some banana (maybe not a whole one), potatoes without skins, white rice, pancakes, fish... I can tolerate these things (amongst others) some of the time. If you need only pureed food, then stick with that, though.

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Hi WinnieME-
I was told I have 1% emptying rate and that I have severe GP. I had the 90 minute test also. I also love ice cream and tolerate 1/2 fat ice cream/frozen yogurt very well so you might try that. Hang in there-look up the GP diet on the Mayo Clinic website. There is a lot of good info. there. Mphotographer

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Thanks to everyone. You are all so very kind and helpful. God bless all of you in your travels with BP. Thank you and God bless.

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Dear WinnieME,
I just want to let you know that I will be sure to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I know how difficult it can be to deal with this illness, especially its unpredictability at times, and my heart just goes out to you. Just know that no matter what you can always find a shoulder on which to lean here. Many hugs.

Warm regards,
Bobbiejo

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