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. The Specialty: Psychiatry. Rumination Syndrome. It is a reflex response, not a conscious decision. Rumination is normal in cows; it is not a normal part of digestion in humans. However, this syndrome does occur in some otherwise healthy individuals. In an affected patient, rumination usually occurs for 1–2 hours after most meals.
Rumination disorder is a condition in which a person keeps bringing up food from the stomach into the mouth (regurgitation) and rechewing the food. Rumination disorder most often starts after age 3 months, following a period of normal digestion. It occurs in infants and is rare in children and teenagers. The cause is often unknown. Rumination Disorder: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment. Contributed by: Colleen Watson, M.A., LPC, Eating Disorder Specialist, Timberline Knolls In the eating disorder sphere, anorexia and bulimia are far and away the most common and understood of the food-related diseases. A lesser known, yet still important illness.
adult rumination and are in accord with classical accounts of the disorder.1-Il The regurgitation is effortless and unassociated with nausea or discomfort; it ceases when the gastric content becomes acid to taste; it is predominantly an involuntary act; it is aggravated by emotional disturbances. 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.
Rumination disorder is sometimes called merycism. It is a disorder most commonly found in infants, and associated with mental retardation. During rumination, previously eaten food is intentionally brought back into the mouth. Sometimes the child spits it out, but . DISCUSSION. The treatment of adult rumination syndrome consists of reassurance, behavior therapy, psychotherapy, and relaxation therapies. These may improve a number of patients while others suffer persistence of symptoms.[ 3 – 6] Nissen fundoplication has been reported to provide complete relief in the symptoms in one report.[ 9].