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Gastric outlet obstruction (GOO) is a blockage of the path from the stomach to the small intestines. It may completely block of the path or allow a small amount to pass. The blockage can cause pain and stop food from being digested.
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The blockage is caused by problems of nearby tissue such as:
Factors that may increase your risk of gastric outlet obstruction include having:
Symptoms may include:
You will be asked about your symptoms and past health. A physical exam will be done.
Images may be needed to look for blockages. This can be done with:
A test will also be done to test the movement of food through your stomach.
The goal of treatment is to open the pathway. The exact steps will depend on the cause. Options include:
A hospital stay may be needed for a severe blockage. Support may include:
If you have peptic ulcer disease, follow your care plan.
American Gastroenterological Association
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
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Last reviewed August 2018 by Michael Woods, MD Last Updated: 12/31/2018