Medindia

X

» » Pyloric Stenosis in Adults - Causes, Symptoms and Signs, Diagnosis, Treatment

Pyloric Stenosis in Adults

Rating : 12345
Rate This Article : 1 2 3 4 5
G J 4
A -A +

About

Pyloric stenosis is a rare disorder in adults that is caused due to abnormal thickening of pyloric sphincter muscle, thereby narrowing the gastric outlet.

Advertisement
Pyloric stenosis a rare digestive tract disorder in adults is caused due to the abnormal thickening of pyloric sphincter muscle. This is the muscle that surrounds the lower end of the stomach that leads to the intestines. Thus, in pyloric stenosis, the gastric outlet is narrowed and the passage of food into the intestines is obstructed.

Pyloric Stenosis in Adults

Pyloric stenosis is more common in infants than in adults. This is usually a consequence of a congenital defect.

In most cases in adults, pyloric stenosis occurs as a result of chronic ulcers or fibrosis near the gastric outlet.

Advertisement
Symptoms occur due to inability of the food to pass easily from the stomach into the intestines. The patient experiences projectile vomiting of partially digested food after eating; the vomitus does not contain bile. In addition the patient also complains of frequent pain in the upper part of the abdomen, early satiety, nausea, loss of appetite and weight loss. At times, non-projectile vomiting and jaundice may occur. Some of the symptoms resemble those of stomach cancer, which has to be ruled out in these patients.

The condition is diagnosed using imaging studies and endoscopy. It is treated surgically.

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions
My son vomited as an infant, but outgrew it. At 22, he began to have problems with vomiting undigested foods. It happens about once a week now, and he cannot control it. It happens very quickly. He has had an endoscopy, and received a diagnosis of GERD. However the meds have not eliminated the problem. We have been to 2 different gastroenterologists. Should we go to another one?
Barb555 Sunday, October 26, 2014
No, because GERD can cause quick regurgitation of undigested food, especially when lying down. Ask about fundoplication surgery to treat it if meds aren't working.
razorgirl Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ask an Expert

C
If you have a question about health related issues, you can now post it in our Ask An Expert section on our community website Medwonders.com and get answers from our panel of experts.

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All
Advertisement