The Investigation and Treatment of Diabetic Gastroparesis

Mohit Kumar, Adam Chapman, Saad Javed, Uazman Alam, Rayaz Malik, Shazli Azmi

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Purpose: This review provides an update on the investigations and treatment options for gastroparesis. Methods: A comprehensive literature search of Medline, PubMed, Embase and OVID was conducted which included all systematic reviews and research articles that focused on the diagnosis, investigations and management diabetic gastroparesis. Findings: Dietary modifications and pharmacologic treatment with prokinetics to increase gastric motility form the mainstay of treatment. However, the use of prokinetics is limited by adverse effects and serious adverse effects, leaving metoclopramide as the only drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of gastroparesis. Newer therapies, including motilin receptor agonists, ghrelin receptor agonists, and neurokinin receptor antagonists, are currently being investigated. Transpyloric stenting, gastric electrical stimulation, and gastric per-oral endoscopic myotomy provide mechanical options for intervention, and surgical interventions in severe intractable gastroparesis include laparoscopic pyloroplasty or gastrectomy. Implications: Advances to better understand the pathophysiology and management of diabetic gastroparesis have been limited, especially with discordance between symptoms and severity of delay in gastric emptying. Established treatment options are limited; however, recent pharmacologic and surgical interventions show promise.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Therapeutics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2018



  • Gastroparesis
  • Microvascular
  • Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
  • Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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