Dumping syndrome is the result of the surgical removal of all or part of the stomach. The majority of people experience some problem for 1 to 6 months after surgery. The problem becomes life threatening in 1% to 2% of patients. There are 2 types of symptoms associated with dumping syndrome. These symptoms either occur early or late. Symptoms of early dumping syndrome begin a few minutes to 45 minutes after every meal. Symptoms of the late dumping syndrome begin 2 to 3 hours after eating. Late dumping syndrome is more common. Usually, only one type of syndrome affects each person.
Causes of Dumping Syndrome
Cause of early dumping syndrome include: rapid entry of food and fluids directly into the small intestine, producing decreased blood pressure and increased blood flow to the intestines. Cause of late dumping syndrome include: low blood sugar caused by excess insulin produced in response to sudden dumping of food and fluids into the intestine.
Signs and Symptoms of Dumping Syndrome
Early dumping syndrome leads to generalized weakness. Fainting, irregular or rapid heart beats, and dizziness may occur. Sweating, low blood pressure, flushing of the skin, shortness of breath may occur. Vomiting, abdominal cramps and explosive diarrhea may occur. Symptoms of late dumping syndrome include profuse sweating, anxiety, and tremors. Headache, exhaustion, faintness, particularly with changing positions, may occur.
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