Describe the control of gastric emptying.

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College Answer

An understanding of the physiology of gastric emptying has direct relevance to intensive care 
practice as it influences enteral feed tolerance, helps inform regarding risk of aspiration and has 
important pharmacologic implications.
Candidates’ answers were superficial and the role of intrinsic reflexes and local hormonal 
responses poorly understood and described. A simple and clear coverage is provided in Principles 
of Physiology for the Anaesthetist / P. Kam, I. Power – 3rd Ed.