Early Satiety
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Samantha Nazareth, MD (Gastroenterology)

Board-certified gastroenterologist. Experience managing gastrointestinal conditions (GERD, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, NASH) within healthcare organizations (three ambulatory surgical centers, single-specialty practice, multi-specialty practice and solo practice).

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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  • As soon as I eat something, I am full

  • Feel full after only a few bites

  • Get full soon after eating

  • Gets full so quickly

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About the Symptom

It describes a feeling of fullness after eating very little food, an inability to eat a normal-sized meal and/or nausea when eating a normal-sized meal. Early satiety can have many causes including delayed emptying of the stomach, certain tumors, reflux disease or stomach ulcers.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Abdominal bloating sensation

  • Abdominal pain

Possible Causes

Generally, Early satiety can be related to:

  • Functional Dyspepsia

    A condition where symptoms like pain, bloating or indigestion persist without any obvious cause identified.

  • Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

    A condition where stomach acid flows back up the esophagus (food pipe). It can be caused or worsened by obesity, alcohol, and caffeine. Eating habits also play a role - eating large meals quickly or lying down after meals are known triggers.

  • Gastritis

    A condition where the stomach's surface lining is inflamed. Weaknesses or injury to the mucus-lined barrier that usually protect the stomach wall allow digestive juices to damage and inflame the stomach lining. A number of diseases and conditions can increase the risk of gastritis, including a bacteria infection called H. pylori. Some symptoms are belly ache, belly pain, nausea and vomiting.

  • GIST
  • Infectious enteritis

  • Aerophagia (Swallowing Air)
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Colonic Polyp

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Early satiety may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Acute Appendicitis

    Acute appendicitis happens when the appendix (a small, tube-like structure attached to a part of the colon) gets inflamed. This usually occurs because the appendix gets clogged with fecal material or calcium. The appendix swells with inflammation and becomes infected with gut bacteria. It can affect anyone and is most common in young adults.

  • Heatstroke

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you get full quickly after eating a small amount of food?

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References

  • Parkman HP, Hallinan EK, Hasler WL, Farrugia G, Koch KL, Nguyen L, Snape WJ, Abell TL, McCallum RW, Sarosiek I, Pasricha PJ, Clarke J, Miriel L, Tonascia J, Hamilton F; NIDDK Gastroparesis Clinical Research Consortium (GpCRC). Early satiety and postprandial fullness in gastroparesis correlate with gastroparesis severity, gastric emptying, and water load testing. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2017 Apr;29(4):10.1111/nmo.12981. doi: 10.1111/nmo.12981. Epub 2016 Oct 25. PMID: 27781342; PMCID: PMC5367988.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nmo.12981

  • University of Miami Health System

    https://umiamihealth.org/en/treatments-and-services/gastrointestinal/early-satiety#:~:text=Early%20satiety%20occurs%20when%20you,stomach%20is%20slow%20to%20empty.

Reviewed By:

Samantha Nazareth, MD

Samantha Nazareth, MD (Gastroenterology)

Board-certified gastroenterologist. Experience managing gastrointestinal conditions (GERD, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, NASH) within healthcare organizations (three ambulatory surgical centers, single-specialty practice, multi-specialty practice and solo practice).

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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