Postprandial improvement of gastric dysrhythmias in patients with type II diabetes: Identification of responders and nonresponders

R. Mathur, M. Pimentel, C. L. Sam, J. D.Z. Chen, G. G. Bonorris, P. S. Barnett, H. C. Lin

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Using the technique known as electrogastrography, we studied the postprandial response of gastric myoelectrial activity in subjects with type II diabetes. Seventy-one subjects with type II diabetes underwent 1 hr of fasting electrogastrography recording. HbA1c and fasting serum glucose levels were obtained. Subjects then underwent an additional 2 hr of electrogastrography recording in the post prandial state. Sixty of the 71 patients (85%) had gastric rhythm abnormalities in the fasting state. Forty-six of 71 subjects (65%) responded to the test meal by improving their electrogastrography tracings (responders) while 35% did not respond (nonresponders). The time spent in bradygastria during the fasting state by responders was 26.3 ± 12.8% vs 10.9 ± 8.5% for nonresponders (P < 0.0001). The percent tachygastria during the fasting state in responders was 19.8 ± 13.0%, which was less than nonresponders (38.3 ± 29.7%) (P < 0.001). Fasting plasma glucose and HbA1c could not be used to predict the gastric myoelectrical response to meal. In conclusion, gastric rhythm disturbances are common in type II diabetes; there was no correlation between HbA1c levels, age, duration of diabetes, or fasting serum glucose and gastric dysrhythmia in response to meal; two groups of subjects emerged: Those who became less dysrhythmic in the post pradial state (responders) and those who did not (non-responders); and fasting bradygastria was associated with responders and fasting tachygastria was associated with nonresponders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-712
Number of pages8
JournalDigestive diseases and sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001


  • Diabetes complications
  • Electrogastrography
  • Gastrointestinal motility
  • Responders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Gastroenterology


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