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Gastroparesis Clinical Research

Learn about Accord's Gastroparesis Clinical Trials

How much do you know about the medical condition known as gastroparesis? At Accord Clinical Research in Port Orange, FL, we are conducting clinical trials with a focus on gastroparesis. You may know this condition by name, but many are familiar with its effects. Through collaborating with other clinics we can gain a better understanding of this disorder and work to improve treatments and prevention methods for gastroparesis.

The effects of gastroparesis can be severe

(Are you interested in participating in a gastroparesis clinical trial in Port Orange? Click on the link above to see if you qualify.)

How is Gastroparesis Caused?

In patients with gastroparesis, the stomach is unable to empty its contents properly as the muscles used to perform this function are disrupted. Food cannot be passed through the digestive tract efficiently without these strong muscle contractions. This can lead to nutritional deficiencies, fluctuations in blood sugar, nausea and even vomiting.

Even with this knowledge, it can be extremely difficult to determine the cause of this disorder. Doctors often refer to these cases as idiopathic gastroparesis (IG). Known causes of gastroparesis can include:

  • An underlying rare condition like scleroderma and amyloidosis
  • Certain types of medication, such as narcotic pain-relievers
  • Poorly managed diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Botched gastric surgery

Gastroparesis Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms of gastroparesis can go beyond just nausea and vomiting as mentioned before. Other symptoms of this condition may include:

signs and symptoms of gastroparesis

  • Weight loss and even malnutrition
  • Feeling full after only a few bites
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Reduce appetite
  • Fluctuations in blood sugar levels

Risk Factors for Gastroparesis

Who is at risk of developing gastroparesis? People with diabetes can have an increased risk for this condition, as well as people undergoing abdominal surgery. However, there are other risk factors you should be aware of including:

  • Low thyroid or hypothyroidism
  • Medications that inhibit the rate at which the stomach empties
  • Viral infections
  • Radiation therapy and other specific cancer treatments
  • Middle aged and younger women are the most likely to develop idiopathic gastroparesis
  • Parkinson’s as well as multiple sclerosis

Gastroparesis has also been known to cause a number of serious complications which you should be aware of too!

  • Blood Sugar Fluctuations – This disorder doesn’t cause diabetes, but it can lead to some severe complications for people who have both. The inconsistent passage of food into the small bowel can lead to unpredictable blood sugar highs and lows.
  • Malnutrition – A lack of hunger leads to less eating which can quickly lead to malnutrition. Others can develop malnutrition due to repeated vomiting.
  • Dehydration – In people experiencing excessive vomiting severe dehydration can occur.
  • Bezoars – This is the term for undigested food that remains in the stomach. This will eventually harden and can cause additional nausea and vomiting. These can be deadly if they block further food from being able to pass into the small intestine.
  • Lower Quality of Life – the symptoms of gastroparesis can have a negative impact on all aspects of a patient’s life.

More resources on Gastroparesis

If you would like to learn more about gastroparesis, we recommend checking out these sites:

Want to participate in a Clinical Trial in Port Orange, Florida?

Would you like to take part in one of our gastroparesis clinical trials? Our dedicated research team would be happy to talk to you. Be sure to visit our patient resource section to help answer any questions you may have about participating in a clinical trial.

Woman has questions about gastroparesis clinical research and how it can help her symptoms

Compensation for time and travel expenses may be provided for patients who complete a trial at our clinic. We also do not require that you have health insurance to enroll in a study.

Achieve Clinical Research in Port Orange is a well respected clinic with the resources to conduct a wide array of clinical trials. You don’t have to be living with gastroparesis to qualify for a clinical study at our clinic. Our research team can help you find another trial that you are qualified for. If you’re interested in helping us advance modern medicine, please call us today at (386) 760-7272.