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Satiety - early

Definition

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

Alternative Names

Abdominal fullness prematurely after meals

Causes

Home Care

Follow your health care provider's recommendations. A liquid diet may be helpful. A detailed diet log (recording what was eaten, how much, and when) may be needed. Small, frequent meals may be more tolerable than large, less frequent 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 have other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, or bloating.
  • You have fever, chills, or weight loss or gain.

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 other symptoms do you have (for example, vomiting, excessive gas, abdominal pain, or weight loss)

Tests that may be performed include:


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Review Date: 11/13/2007
Reviewed By: Christian Stone, M.D., Division of Gastroenterology, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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