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What is delayed gastric emptying?

Delayed gastric emptying refers to a slowed process of stomach emptying into the small intestine. In GERD, this delay allows stomach acid to linger, increasing the likelihood of reflux into the esophagus.

Prolonged contact between stomach contents and the esophagus heightens the risk of acid regurgitation, causing heartburn and discomfort. Delayed gastric emptying can be triggered by factors like high-fat meals and is a contributing factor to the persistence of acidic contents in the stomach, exacerbating symptoms of GERD.


1. Kahrilas, P. J., & Pandolfino, J. E. (2008). Gastroesophageal reflux disease and its complications. In Yamada's Textbook of Gastroenterology (5th ed., Vol. 1, pp. 859-895). Wiley-Blackwell. [](

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