Chapter 27. Gastric Emptying in Older Patients

  1. Stephen Jackson Professor of Geriatric Medicine2,
  2. Paul Jansen3 and
  3. Arduino Mangoni4
  1. Robert J. Fraser

Published Online: 2 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch27

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

Prescribing for Elderly Patients

How to Cite

Fraser, R. J. (2009) Gastric Emptying in Older Patients, in Prescribing for Elderly Patients (eds S. Jackson, P. Jansen and A. Mangoni), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470017975.ch27

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Clinical Gerontology, King's College Hospital, London, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Geriatric Medicine, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia

Author Information

  1. Repatriation General Hospital, Adelaide, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470024287

Online ISBN: 9780470017975



  • gastric emptying in older patients;
  • drugs associated with slow gastric emptying;
  • aetiology of disturbed gastric motor function in ageing;
  • diagnosis of gastroparesis - best established with scintigraphic gastric emptying study;
  • effect of healthy ageing on appetite regulation—anorexia of ageing;
  • historical weight loss - measure of nutrition deficits;
  • protein calorie malnutrition in elderly - by screening tool, SCALES or MNA


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Aetiology of disturbed gastric motor function in ageing

  • Symptoms and signs

  • Diagnosis

  • Therapy

  • Therapy scheme of advised drugs for gastroparesis

  • Key points

  • Guidelines

  • Effect of healthy ageing on appetite regulation—anorexia of ageing

  • References