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Digestive system organs
Digestive system organs


Satiety - early

Definition:

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



Alternative Names:

Abdominal fullness prematurely after meals



Common 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.



Call your health care provider if:

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 health care provider's office:

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:




Review Date: 12/7/2009
Reviewed By: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., and George F Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program San Diego, California.

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