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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).

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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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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

  • 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.

  • GIST

    Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is a type of tumor that begins in the digestive tract, most commonly in the stomach or small intestine. The exact cause is unknown but could be due to gene mutations that cause the normal cells to turn into cancer cells and grow. Risk factors include age over certain inherited genetic syndromes such as neurofibromatosis and hereditary retinoblastoma.

  • Gastritis
  • Aerophagia
  • Viral gastroenteritis
  • Migraine
  • Constipation

Related serious diseases

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    This is a life-threatening emergency where the person's body temperature is dangerously high and they display neurological abnormalities. This occurs when the body fails to regulate its temperature properly. It can be caused by the surrounding environment (heat, moisture) or internal factors (dehydration, strenuous exercise).

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

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

  • Do you have a stomach ache?

  • Are you feeling nauseous or have you been vomiting?

  • Is swallowing difficult for you (e.g. with 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

  • 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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