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Satiety - early

Satiety - early


Abdominal fullness prematurely after meals

Satiety is the satisfied feeling of being full after eating. Early satiety is feeling full sooner than normal or after eating less than usual.

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  • Causes

    • Gastric outlet obstruction
    • Heartburn
    • Nervous system problem that causes delayed stomach emptying
    • Stomach or abdominal tumor
    • Stomach (peptic) ulcer
  • Home Care

    Follow your health care provider's advice.

    • A liquid diet may be helpful.
    • You may need to keep a detailed diet log. This is a place where you write down what you eat, how much, and when.
    • You may be comfortable if you eat small, frequent meals rather than big meals.
    • A diet high in fat may worsen the feeling.
  • When to Contact a Medical Professional

    Call your doctor if:

    • The feeling lasts for days to weeks and does not get better.
    • You lose weight without trying.
    • You have dark stools.
    • You have nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, or bloating.
    • You have fever and chills.
  • What to Expect at Your Office Visit

    The doctor will examine you and ask questions such as:

    • When did this symptom begin?
    • How long does each episode last?
    • What foods, if any, make the symptoms worse?
    • What other symptoms do you have (for example, vomiting, excessive gas, abdominal pain, or weight loss)

    Tests that may be performed include:

    • Complete blood count and blood differential to check for anemia
    • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
    • Stool tests for bleeding
    • X-rays studies of the stomach, esophagus, and small intestine (abdominal x-ray and an upper GI and small bowel series)
    • Stomach-emptying studies

Related Information



Tack J. Dyspepsia. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2010:chap 13.


Review Date: 10/13/2013  

Reviewed By: George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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