Gastric outlet obstruction (GOO) is a blockage of the path from the stomach to the small intestines. It may fully or partially block the path of food. It can stop food from being digested.
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The blockage is caused by problems with nearby tissue such as:
Things that may raise the risk of this problem are:
Problems may be:
You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
Tests may be done to look for blockages. This can be done with:
The movement of food through the stomach may also be tested.
The goal of treatment is to open the blockage. How it is done depends on the cause. Options are:
The risk of this problem may be lowered by managing health problems that raise the risk, such as peptic ulcer disease.
American Gastroenterological Association
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
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Last reviewed September 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD Last Updated: 10/23/2020