Dumping Syndrome

Dumping syndrome is caused by rapid entry of incompletely digested food into the small intestine.

Early Dumping Syndrome

Early symptoms are caused when concentrated sugar (from foods we eat and drink) passes too rapidly into the small intestine. The sugar is diluted by drawing fluid from the body into the intestinal tract. This extra fluid can cause a sense of fullness, cramping, and diarrhea. The loss of water from tissues can produce a temporary drop in blood pressure that may cause weakness and faintness.

Symptoms may include: Pain after eating, bloating, fullness, cramping, dizziness, nausea, sweating, fast heart rate, flushing, or diarrhea

Late Dumping Syndrome

Late symptoms are caused when sugar from the foods we eat is absorbed too quickly into the bloodstream. Blood sugar rises rapidly causing the body to produce more insulin. The excess insulin causes blood sugar levels to drop too low, a condition called reactive hypoglycemia.

Symptoms may include: Sweating, weakness, faintness, tiredness, hunger, confusion, shakiness, or fast heart rate.