Risk factors

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Factors that can make it difficult for your stomach to empty properly include:

  • Diabetes
  • Abdominal or esophageal surgery
  • Infection, usually a virus
  • Certain medications that slow the rate of stomach emptying, such as narcotic pain medications
  • Certain cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy
  • Scleroderma (a connective tissue disease)
  • Nervous system diseases, such as Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis
  • Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)

Young and middle-aged women are most likely to develop idiopathic gastroparesis.

Jan. 15, 2014