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Rumination disorder


Other Names for this Disease
  • Rumination syndrome
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Treatment

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How might rumination disorder be treated?

The mainstay treatment of rumination disorder is behavioral therapy. This may involve habitat reversal strategies, relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, and biofeedback. These types of therapies can often be administered by a gastroenterologist.[1] Other professionals, such as nurse practitioners, psychologists, massage therapists, and recreational therapists may also be involved in care. Ensuring adequate nutrition is essential and treatment will also involve managing other symptoms, such as anxiety, nausea and stomach discomfort (which may involve anti-depressive agents or SSRI’s).[1]

If behavioral therapy is unsuccessful, treatment with baclofen may be considered. There is limited data regarding optimal treatment of rumination disorder, but success with baclofen has been reported.[1]
Last updated: 4/23/2015

References
  1. Mousa HM, Montgomery M, Alioto A. Adolescent rumination syndrome. Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2014 Aug; 16(8):398. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25064317. Accessed 4/23/2015.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Rumination syndrome
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.