It has been suggested that the symptoms of flatulent dyspepsia are caused by a functional disturbance of the upper gastrointestinal tract. The aim of this study was to investigate delayed gastric emptying as the basis of symptoms in patients with and without gallbladder disease and after cholecystectomy. There were 13 dyspeptic patients with gallbladder disease, 12 with normal gallbladders, and 13 post-cholecystectomy patients. Gastric emptying was measured by means of a 99mTc-labelled scrambled egg meal and external scintillation counter. The rate of emptying in the symptomatic groups was compared with that in 24 asymptomatic normal control subjects and 12 non-dyspeptic patients with gallbladder disease. Delayed gastric emptying tended to occur in patients with gallbladder disease with and without dyspepsia and was not specifically associated with symptoms.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology|
|Publication status||Published - 1987|