Describe the control of gastric emptying.
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.