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Dumping syndrome

Symptoms caused when excessive quantities of food enter the intestine shortly after a meal. The stomach’s reservoir function is lost, particularly after the removal of (part of) the stomach (stomach resection), in cases of stomach ulcer or cancer of the stomach. The excess food attracts too much blood to the intestine before gastric juices are produced and nutrients can be removed, thus causing a feeling of slackness, lassitude, yawning, drowsiness, sweating etc. Symptoms can also occur in the intestine itself, such as nausea, a full feeling and rumbling, always half an hour to an hour after a meal. They are more acute immediately after a stomach operation, and decrease in the course of time. Symptoms may be alleviated by a change of diet. Full dairy produce is best avoided; dry food and small, frequent meals often have a favourable effect.

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