Is It Advisable To Fast Before Our Stomach Ultrasound?

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Is it advisable to fast before our stomach ultrasound?

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Hello Mela,


Thank you for the question.

Ultrasound examination is done by emitting ultra sound waves through an instrument into the body's organs. Furthermore, this sound wave repeater will be captured through a special instrument, and described in the monitor for interpretation by the doctor. Ultrasound examination can be of many types, one of which is gastric ultrasound.


Most often, gastric ultrasound is performed to evaluate the condition of the stomach of patients who will undergo surgery under general anesthesia. The aim is to avoid aspiration of gastric contents into the respiratory tract which can be very deadly. Not only that, gastric ultrasound can also be done on other indications, such as patients with late gastric emptying (for example due to diabetes, neuromuscular disorders, severe kidney or liver disorders, injuries around the stomach, consuming certain types of drugs, and so on). Gastric ultrasound can also be performed on patients who have preoperative doubts about their compliance to fasting, or patients with difficult eating history information, such as language limitations, decreased awareness, and even cognitive dysfunction.


Gastric ultrasound examination alone does not require you to fast. However, it is because of the indications that the gastric ultrasound examination is done (due to a preoperative examination) you are required to fast. Other recommendations that must be followed before undergoing gastric ultrasound may differ depending on the indication and the patient's condition. Therefore, you can consult directly with the doctor who examined you regarding this matter ...


I hope this helps.

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