Efficiency and efficacy of multi-channel gastric electrical stimulation

Jiande D.Z. Chen, X. Xu, J. Zhang, M. Abo, X. Lin, R. W. McCallum, B. Ross

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Gastric electrical stimulation (GES) using single channel has been under investigation for its therapeutic potential for gastroparesis. The aim of this study was to study the efficacy and efficiency of multi-channel GES in accelerating gastric emptying in dogs. The study was performed in eight dogs, and gastric emptying of liquid was assessed in three randomized sessions of control, one-channel GES and four-channel GES. It was found that (i) GES of both one-channel and four-channel was able to completely entrain the slow waves in the entire stomach. However, the stimulation energy required by four-channel GES was only 1% of that required by one-channel GES. (ii) Four-channel, but not one-channel, GES significantly and substantially accelerated gastric emptying. An increase of 121.0 and 93.9% was noted with four-channel GES at 30 and 60 min after the meal, respectively. It was concluded that four-channel GES is substantially more efficient and effective than conventional single-channel GES in improving gastric emptying. It is worthy to explore its therapeutic potential for gastroparesis in clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)878-882
Number of pages5
JournalNeurogastroenterology and Motility
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Gastric electrical stimulation
  • Gastric emptying
  • Gastrointestinal motility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Gastroenterology


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