Personality deviation and gastric motility in patients with functional dyspepsia

H. Kawakami, M. Hongo, Y. Okuno, M. Yamada, N. Nishimura, S. Fukudo

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We studied gastric motor functions by scintigraphic gastric emptying analysis and surface electrogastrography (EGG), and personality trait deviation in patients with functional dyspepsia. Delayed gastric emptying was observed in 17/35 patients and reduced normal EGG activity in 22/35 functional dyspepsia patients. There was a highly significant negative correlation between the gastric retention rate (at 150 min) and the duration of normal EGG waves. Abnormally high T scores on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) test (70 or above) were found in 14/21 patients. Hypochondriasis (Hs) and conversion hysteria (Hy) were the most common abnormal findings. Ninety percent of functional dyspepsia patients (19/21) had either gastric dysmotility and/or psychological deviation. Although there was no significant correlation between gastric dysmotility and deviation in personality traits in functional dyspepsia patients, these data suggest that brain-gut interactions may play an important role in the symptoms of functional dyspepsia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S179-S184
JournalJournal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • Electrogastrography
  • Functional dyspepsia
  • Gastric emptying
  • Gastric Motility
  • MMPI
  • Nonulcer dyspepsia
  • Personality deviation


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