Rumination syndrome, or merycism, is a chronic motility disorder characterized by effortless regurgitation of most meals following consumption, due to the involuntary contraction of the muscles around the abdomen. There is no retching, nausea, heartburn, odour, or abdominal pain associated with the regurgitation, as there is with typical vomiting, and the regurgitated food is undigested. Treatment for Rumination Syndrome in Adults. Rumination involves the regurgitation of undigested food that’s either re-chewed and swallowed or spit out. Commonly observed among cows and other type of animals, rumination can occur in children with mental disabilities as well as in adults.
Rumination syndrome is known to exist in infants and mentally retarded adults since long time. In past few years, some reports appeared that showed its existence in adult patients also. It is frequently confused with the intractable vomiting in adults and misdiagnosis leads to delay in appropriate. Rumination disorder is a feeding and eating disorder in which a person -- usually an infant or young child -- brings back up and re-chews partially digested food that has already been swallowed.
Rumination syndrome is a rare behavioral problem. It affects children and some adults. Rumination syndrome causes an automatic regurgitation of recently eaten food. If your child has this problem, he or she will usually eat meals normally. But, after about an hour or two, undigested food comes back up into his or her mouth from the esophagus. Dec 11, 2017 · Rumination disorder, also known as rumination syndrome, is a rare and chronic condition. It affects infants, children, and adults. People with Author: Carly Vandergriendt.
Jun 16, 2018 · Prevalence — Rumination syndrome can affect children and adults. In a study that surveyed 2163 children and adolescents, 110 (5 percent) fulfilled clinical criteria for rumination syndrome. There are limited data on the prevalence of rumination syndrome in adults. Rumination is considered a reflex, not a purposeful behavior and can affect children as well as adults. In the past, rumination syndrome was considered a rare disorder. We now recognize this disorder to be more common than we thought. This may be due to healthcare providers being more aware of rumination syndrome and recognizing it more frequently.