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    Satiety - early

    Abdominal fullness prematurely after meals

    Satiety is the satisfied feeling of being full after eating. Early satiety is feeling full sooner than normal or after eating less than usual.

    Causes

    • Gastric outlet obstruction
    • Heartburn
    • Nervous system problem that causes delayed stomach emptying
    • Stomach or abdominal tumor
    • Stomach (peptic) ulcer

    Home Care

    Follow your health care provider's recommendations. A liquid diet may be helpful. A detailed diet log (recording what was eaten, how much, and when) may be needed. Small, frequent meals may be more tolerable than large, less frequent meals. A diet high in fat may worsen the feeling.

    When to Contact a Medical Professional

    Call your doctor if:

    • The feeling lasts for days to weeks and does not get better
    • You lose weight without trying
    • You have dark stools
    • You have nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, or bloating
    • You have fever and chills

    What to Expect at Your Office Visit

    The doctor will examine you and ask questions such as:

    • When did this symptom begin?
    • How long does each episode last?
    • What foods, if any, make the symptoms worse?
    • What other symptoms do you have (for example, vomiting, excessive gas, abdominal pain, or weight loss)

    Tests that may be performed include:

    • Complete blood count and blood differential to check for anemia
    • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
    • Stool tests for bleeding
    • X-rays studies of the stomach, esophagus, and small intestine (abdominal x-ray and an upper GI and small bowel series)
    • Stomach-emptying studies

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              Review Date: 11/22/2011

              Reviewed By: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., and Todd Eisner, MD, Private practice specializing in Gastroenterology, Boca Raton, FL. Clinical Instructor, Florida Atlantic University School of Medicine. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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