Early Satiety

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

This is also known as early satiety. 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 may have many causes including; delayed emptying of the stomach, obstruction of the stomach 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

  • Aerophagia

    Excessive and repetitive swallowing of air, resulting in symptoms of burping and flatulence. It can be caused by psychological reasons or habits, or use of machines that assist in breathing (CPAP machines).

  • Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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

  • GIST

    Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is a type of tumor that occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, most commonly in the stomach or small intestine. The exact is unknown but could be due to gene mutations that cause the cells to grow out of control. Risk factors include age over 50 years, male sex and certain genetic syndromes such as neurofibromatosis type 1.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you feel full easily, despite eating only a little food?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you have difficulty swallowing (e.g food or water)?

  • Did you vomit blood?

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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

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