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March 14, 2006

The Dumping Syndrome

Dumping_1Dumping is often mentioned as a complication of gastric bypass, but it really is a side effect of theFigure 10 procedure caused by the way the intestine is hooked up.

Dumping syndrome occurs when the contents of the stomach empty too quickly into the small intestine. The partially digested food draws excess fluid into the small intestine causing nausea, cramping, diarrhea, sweating, faintness, and palpatations.

Dumping usuallly occurs after the consumption of too much simple or refined sugar (e.g. simple carbohydrates like sugar and some starches) in people who have had surgery to modify or remove all or part of the stomach.

Usually the symptoms will subside in about an hour. Most patients find the symptoms are alleviated after they lie down for a while. Dumping syndrome is not dangerous, but as you can tell by the symptoms, it's quite unpleasant.

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