Gastric Outlet Obstruction
Gastric outlet obstruction (GOO) is a blockage of the path from the stomach to the small intestines. It may fully or partially block the path of food. It can stop food from being digested.
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The blockage is caused by problems with nearby tissue such as:
- Swelling from peptic ulcer (common)
- Swelling from pancreas
- Abnormal growth of tissue, such as:
- Scar tissue due to a peptic ulcer
- A cancer growth
Things that may raise the risk of this problem are:
- Peptic ulcer disease
- Gastrointestinal tumors
Problems may be:
- Regular, frequent feeling of bloating or fullness
- Feeling full after eating less food
- Nausea and vomiting of undigested food, especially right after eating
- Belly pain or swelling
You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
Tests may be done to look for blockages. This can be done with:
- X-rays of the abdomen using a contrast material
- Endoscopy to view the interior of the stomach and intestines
The movement of food through the stomach may also be tested.