02:18pm Wednesday 22 November 2017

SLU Studying Investigational Medicine for Common Stomach Problem

Christine Hachem, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine at Saint Louis University and a SLUCare Physician Group gastroenterologist, will lead the phase 2 clinical trial.

ST. LOUIS — Saint Louis University researchers are participating in a clinical study of an investigational medicine to see if it can ease the symptoms of those who suffer from gastroparesis, a common stomach ailment that can cause misery in the form of feeling too full too quickly after eating.

The study will be conducted at 40 sites throughout the U.S. Christine Hachem, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine at Saint Louis University and a SLUCare Physician Group gastroenterologist, will lead the phase 2 clinical trial at SLU.

“Gastroparesis can cause people to feel really uncomfortable,” said Hachem. “Right now, the available medications often have side effects that limit their use.”

Gastroparesis – literally “stomach paralysis” – occurs when a person’s stomach is unable to digest food normally. Also called delayed stomach emptying, gastroparesis sufferers experience nausea, abdominal discomfort and vomiting, and often report a feeling of fullness at the beginning of meals. The condition can occur without a known cause (idiopathically) or can be linked to diabetes.

The study will examine the safety and efficacy of an investigational medicine. Researchers are enrolling participants between the ages of 18 and 75 who have been experiencing symptoms for at least three months including nausea, bloating, abdominal discomfort, vomiting, and a feeling of fullness at the beginning of meals.

Participants will receive either the study medication or a placebo and will make nine visits over the course of 19 weeks.

To learn more about the study, call 314-977-9400.

Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, liver disease, heart/lung disease, aging and brain disease, and infectious diseases.

SLUCare Physician Group is the academic medical practice of Saint Louis University, with more than 500 health care providers and 1,200 staff members in hospitals and medical offices throughout the St. Louis region. SLUCare physicians are among the most highly trained in their fields – more than 50 specialties in all – and are national and international experts, renowned for research and innovations in medicine.

Carrie Bebermeyer

 

314.977.8015

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