Gastric emptying studies, using an indigenously prepared radiolabeled solid food marker in the form of indian bread called Chapati, were performed on 13 patients with systemic sclerosis. Six patients had limited cutaneous disease and seven had diffuse cutaneous disease. Earlier, the procedure was standardized in 30 healthy volunteers. Seven of the 13 (54%) patients (five with diffuse and two with limited cutaneous disease) had delayed gastric emptying. Most of these patients had gastric symptoms. This pattern of gastric emptying may be clinically significant, particularly in patients with diffuse cutaneous disease.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging