Gastric emptying of solids but not liquids is decreased in rats with chronic renal failure

Helen E Raybould, Victor Plourde, Tilman Zittel, Jordi Bover, Enrique Quintero

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Severe gastric complications occur in uremic patients, yet few studies have addressed the effect of chronic renal failure (RF) on gastric physiology. In the present study, we investigated: (1) the effect of RF on gastric emptying of liquids and solids in awake rats, (2) the motor function in the gastric corpus, and (3) the role of nitric oxide in any alterations in gastric motor function in uremic rats. RF was induced by partial kidney infarction. RF had no effect on gastric emptying of liquids but significantly inhibited gastric emptying of solids by 68%. N-Nitro-l-arginine, an inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis, had no effect on the reduced gastric emptying of solids in RF rats. RF rats showed an altered pattern of gastric motility compared to sham-operated rats. These data suggest that RF induced an inhibition of gastric emptying of solids, but not liquids. However, NO does not seem to play a role in this inhibition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2301-2305
Number of pages5
JournalDigestive Diseases and Sciences
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1994


  • gastric motility
  • l-NAME
  • nitric oxide
  • renal failure
  • uremia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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