Epidemiology and natural history of gastroparesis

Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2015 Mar;44(1):9-19. doi: 10.1016/j.gtc.2014.11.002. Epub 2014 Dec 18.


Gastroparesis is characterized by delayed gastric emptying and symptoms thereof in the absence of gastric outlet obstruction. Most studies on the epidemiology of gastroparesis have been conducted in selected case series rather than in the population at large. In the only community-based study of gastroparesis in diabetes mellitus (DM), the average cumulative incidence of symptoms and delayed gastric emptying over 10 years was higher in type 1 DM (5%) than in type 2 DM (1%) and controls (1%). In the United States, the incidence of hospitalizations related to gastroparesis increased substantially between 1995 and 2004, and particularly after 2000.

Keywords: Diabetic gastroparesis; Epidemiology; Gastroparesis; Idiopathic gastroparesis; Natural history; Quality of life.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Gastroparesis / epidemiology*
  • Gastroparesis / etiology
  • Gastroparesis / physiopathology
  • Gastroparesis / therapy
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Prevalence
  • Quality of Life
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology