Suppression of anger and gastric emptying in patients with functional dyspepsia

E. J. Bennett, J. E. Kellow*, H. Cowan, A. M. Scott, B. Shuter, P. M. Langeluddecke, R. Hoschl, M. P. Jones, C. C. Tennant

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Abstract

Bennett EJ, Kellow JE, Cowan H, Scott AM, Shuter B, Langeluddecke PM, Hoschl R, Jones MP, Tennant CC. Suppression of anger and gastric emptying in patients with functional dyspepsia. Scand J Gastroenterol 1992;27:869-874. Psychologic distress and gastric motor dysfunction have both been implicated in the pathogenesis of functional (non-ulcer) dyspepsia (FD). This study assesses the association between psychologic factors and gastric emptying in 28 FD patients. Subjects completed an extensive range of psychologic questionnaires and underwent dual-isotope scintigraphic assessment of solid and liquid gastric emptying. Attempts to resist, control, suppress, and hold in anger, to adopt a fighting spirit whilst dealing with chronic stressors, and manifest unhappiness were predictors of prolonged gastric emptying. These findings suggest that psychologic factors may be important in the aetiology of gastric stasis and subsequent upper gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with functional dyspepsia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)869-874
Number of pages6
JournalScandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume27
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Anger
  • Coping behaviour
  • Emotional stress
  • Functional dyspepsia
  • Gastric emptying
  • Unhappiness

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Bennett, E. J., Kellow, J. E., Cowan, H., Scott, A. M., Shuter, B., Langeluddecke, P. M., ... Tennant, C. C. (1992). Suppression of anger and gastric emptying in patients with functional dyspepsia. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 27(10), 869-874. https://doi.org/10.3109/00365529209000156