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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

  • Causes
    • Causes may include:

      • 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 advice.

      • A liquid diet may be helpful.
      • You may need to keep a detailed diet log. This is a place where you write down what you eat, how much, and when.
      • You may be comfortable if you eat small, frequent meals rather than big meals.
      • A diet high in fat or high in fiber may worsen the feeling.
  • When to Contact a Medical Professional
    • Call your provider 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 Office Visit
    • The provider 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:

  • References
    • Tack J. Dyspepsia. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 14.